Alison Carr & Jay Hardy on Assessment Length & Applicant Dropout

We all know that long assessments cause job applicants to drop out of the selection process. Wait…do we know that? In this episode, we talk to Alison Carr, a consultant for Shaker, and Dr. Jay Hardy, Assistant Professor in the College of Business at Oregon State University. Alison and Jay talk about the research behind their new article, Are Applicants More Likely to Quit Longer Assessments? Examining the Effect of Assessment Length on Applicant Attrition Behavior.

Special thanks to Matt Sloan, another of the study’s co-authors, for suggesting this article.


Nathan Thompson on Computerized Adaptive Testing

Nathan Thompson, Chief Product Officer for Assessment Systems Corporation (ASC), defends computerized adaptive testing from a hostile cross-examination. You can read Dr. Thompson’s blog here, or connect with him on LinkedInTwitter, or email.

Click here for Dr. Thompson’s recommended introduction to CAT. He also recommended the book Item Response Theory for Psychologists and the Concerto package for developing adaptive tests.


Tiffany Poeppelman on Conducting Experiments at Work

We love to talk about bridging the gap between research and practice, but Tiffany Poeppelman is doing it. Tiffany, a Senior Sales Performance Consultant and Speaker at LinkedIn, shares her experiences conducting an experiment in the workplace. Along the way, we get some advice on choosing research questions, dealing with ethical issues, and presenting findings to business leaders.

You can connect with TIffany on Twitter (@TRPoeppelman) and LinkedIn. You can also read her column, The Modern App, in The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, which she co-authors with Evan Sinar (@EvanSinar).


Alok Sawhney on Leadership Assessment and Coaching

In this episode, Dr. Alok Sawhney (@alok_ilage) talks about his work as a consulting psychologist for Vantage Leadership Consulting. Alok combines his experience as a business leader and his training in clinical psychology to offer leadership assessment and coaching. In this episode, we talk about the challenges and opportunities faced by young leaders, speaking the language of business, and the virtues of mall-walking. You can connect with Alok on Twitter or LinkedIn.


Be the Boss with William Gentry

In this episode, William Gentry, Ph.D. talks about his book, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders. Bill is the Director of Leadership Insights and Analytics and a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). You can find Bill him on Twitter (@Lead_Better) and LinkedIn. You can also find out more about Bill and his work on his website.


After School Special

In this short episode, I speak to the students and make my best pitch for I/O Psych as a career and a field of science. I’m looking forward to releasing episodes more frequently in 2017, so if you’ve got a topic or a guest to suggest, contact me on Twitter (@department12pod) or LinkedIn.