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Looking to Improve Your Hiring Practices? Avoid the “Deferent” Employee

Pre-employment assessments identify applicants who possess desirable traits and qualities for a job. In some cases, this may also extend to identifying and avoiding applicants who possess undesirable characteristics.

New research shows employers can avoid a specific type of undesirable employee by improving their pre-employment tests.

SIOP Member Andrew Speer, who at the time of the study worked at CEB, investigated how a particular method of assessment can be improved by measuring workplace deference, defined as the tendency to defer to others when faced with a problem or issue at work.

“These are the employees who are constantly asking their manager and coworkers how to solve a work problem,” explained Speer, who currently works as a workforce analytics consultant at American Family Insurance. “They seek assistance whenever an issue arises.”...Read more


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