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You are cordially invited to a FREE event especially designed for HR and business professionals that will explore the use of personality assessments for workforce management in presentations by three industrial and organizational psychologists who are experts in their field.

The "Top Minds and Bottom Lines" event series was created to demonstrate how the field of industrial and organizational psychology can benefit their organizations. This year’s topic is “Making It Personal: Using Personality Assessments for Workforce Management.” More and more organizations are employing personality assessment data to identify high quality candidates ranging from blue collar workers to top managers and even CEOs, according to several studies. The United States Assessment Barometer survey found 54 percent or companies are now using assessment tests to select, onboard, and develop their staff. Assessments, backed by rigorous scientific research, are powerful tools for organizations that can shed light on a candidate’s suitability for a specific job.


This event is free and open to the public!


Learning Objectives:

  • Defining personality assessments and how they are used in the workplace
  • Understanding the work I-O psychologists do to leverage personality assessments for workplace management
  • Addressing possible consequences of using personality assessments, such as faking answers and applicant reactions

Speakers:

Tracy Kantrowitz, PhD
Director, Research and Development at CEB (Alpharetta, Georgia)

Dr. Kantrowitz is Research Director at CEB Talent Assessment. In this role, she is responsible for the development of assessment content and research related to employee assessment. Dr. Kantrowitz has published in leading journals and presented at national conferences on topics such as predictors of job performance, computer adaptive testing (CAT), and unproctored internet testing (UIT). Tracy’s primary areas of expertise relate to test development, validation, research methodology, statistics and psychometrics, job analysis, and selection system design. Dr. Kantrowitz holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Richard N. Landers, PhD
Associate Professor, Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia)

Dr. Landers is an Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA. His research program concerns the use of innovative technologies in assessment, employee selection, adult learning, and research methods, with his work appearing in Journal of Applied Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives, Computers in Human Behavior, Simulation & Gaming, Social Science Computer Review, and Psychological Methods, among others. Recent topics have included big data, game-based learning, game-based assessment, gamification, unproctored Internet-based testing, mobile devices, virtual reality, and online social media. His research and writing has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Science News, Popular Science, Maclean’s, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

Kayo G. Sady, PhD
Consultant, DCI Consulting Group (Washington, D.C.)

Dr. Sady is a consultant at DCI Consulting Group where his practice centers on employee selection and compensation equity evaluation Prior to joining DCI Consulting Group, Kayo worked at Valtera Corporation (now CEB Valtera) as a Consultant in the Assessment and Selection Group. At Valtera, Kayo managed validation projects employing criterion-, content-, and construct-validation strategies and advised clients based on complex HR risk management analytics.. Kayo’s primary areas of expertise are employee selection measures, validation strategies, compensation practices, and quantitative methods in the equal employment context.

Moderator:

Brian W. Swider, PhD
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, Scheller College of Business

Dr. Swider is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. His research interests include selection interviews, employee withdrawal and turnover, recruitment, and personality. His work appears in such journals as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Corporate Reputation Review. Brian currently serves as an Associate Editor for Human Resource Management.

Directions and Parking:

Scheller College of Business
Technology Square at Georgia Tech
800 West Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308-1149
404.894.2600

The Scheller College of Business is located in Midtown Atlanta in Technology Square, located right off Interstate 75/85. It occupies the block between Spring and West Peachtree NW Streets and Fifth and Armstead Streets.

The school is in the same block and building as the campus bookstore, Barnes and Noble, located at the corner of Fifth and Spring streets. The Scheller College of Business’ primary entrance faces West Peachtree St. An attendant will be present to usher attendees into the meeting room.

Parking

A parking deck, attached to the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, offers easy and convenient parking. It's accessible from Spring Street and hourly rates are from $1.50 (for less than an hour) to $15 for the day. The parking garage address is 770 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-1031. Limited metered street parking is also available.

Find more information on the Scheller School of Business website.


Additional Resources

White Paper

What We Know about Applicant Reactions on Attitudes and Behavior: Research Summary and Best Practices
http://www.siop.org/WhitePapers/White%20Paper%20Series%2020112012ApplicantReactions.pdf

Webpage on Employment Testing

http://www.siop.org/workplace/employment%20testing/employment_testing_toc.aspx

Online Articles

Psychologists Urge a Second Look at the Use of Personality Tests in the Hiring Process
http://www.siop.org/Media/News/personality_tests.aspx

Journal Article on Personality Tests Leads to Rebuttals
http://www.siop.org/Media/News/rebuttal.aspx

A New Study Shows Strong Relationships Between Personality Traits and Medical School Performance 
http://www.siop.org/Media/News/med.aspx

The Realities of Internet Testing: Security Considerations and Best Practices
http://www.siop.org/tip/oct15/pdfs/ma.pdf

Books

Professional Practice Series

Handbook of Workplace Assessment
Winner of the 2010 Academy of Human Resource Development’s R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award!

Individual Psychological Assessment

Technology-Enhanced Assessment of Talent