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Study Shows Those with “Dark” Traits Can Ace Pre-Employment Tests but Fail at Work

By Barbara Ruland, Communications Specialist

Poor hiring and promotion decisions can be costly for organizations, draining resources both directly and indirectly through the broader effect on staff morale and productivity. Even greater problems can rise when poor hires seem to ace pre-employment tests and find their way into an organization.

Increasingly, success in managerial and leadership roles hinges on creating successful work relationships. Assessment centers, with a reliance on interpersonal behavioral observation and evaluation, have come to be viewed as one of the best methods of screening candidates for those roles.

But a study by Colby Kennedy, a research scientist at HumRRO, and Brian Hoffman, chair of the industrial-organizational psychology program at the University of Georgia, shows candidates high in certain “dark” personality traits excel in these assessments but do not create successful working relationships with those they supervise....Read more

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Expanding Your Horizons at #SIOP17

Development Opportunities Outside the Conference Room

The 32nd Annual SIOP Conference offers presentations on the full range of I-O topics. #SIOP17 also offers a host of professional development options outside the conference rooms, including numerous receptions, exhibit hall, committee zone, and placement center....Read more