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.


Nikki Blacksmith on Technology in Employment Interviews

In this episode, Dr. Nikki Blacksmith discusses a meta-analysis she conducted along with Jon Willford and Tara Behrend on the use of technology in employment interviews.

You can contact Nikki on Twitter and LinkedIn. Nikki also recommends checking out The WAVE Lab at George Washington University, which focuses on research related to workplaces and virtual environments. Special thanks to Paul Thoresen for the questions.

Would you like to be a guest on the show? Reach out to me on Twitter or LinkedIn and say hello. You can also learn more on the website, www.department12.com. Thanks for listening!


I-O Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior, cognition, and emotion. In other words, psychologists study how we act, think, and feel.

Industrial-organizational psychology is a specialty that focuses on the workplace. So, I-O psychologists study how we act, think, and feel at work. We try to apply what we learn to improve the lives of employees and to make organizations more effective.

Andrew Naber on Retesting

Don’t cry, kids, but this will be the last episode in the old “single voice” format. You’re just going to have to get used to hearing the actual guests speaking for themselves from now on.

In this episode, Andrew Naber, PhD, (@AndrewMNaber) discusses retesting. How does retesting affect scores and how should we interpret test score increases? Should we offer retesting to job applicants? Should we request retesting if we’re the job applicant?


Best of Both Worlds: Goals Worksheet

When it comes to personal goal-setting, you can choose between two flavors: motivational or scientific. Motivational goal-setting methods–like those promoted by popular coaches like Tony Robbins or Zig Ziglar–are great at getting you fired up about an exciting vision of your future, but they usually don’t incorporate the latest goal-setting research. Scientific goal-setting methods, on the other hand, incorporate the latest research findings, but they tend to be pretty dry.

I couldn’t find any goal-setting worksheets that incorporated the best of both worlds, so I created one. You can download it in the following formats for your personal use:

Marc Prine on Strategic Job Analysis

On this episode, Marc Prine, PhD, a Director of Talent Consulting and Assessment at Taylor Strategy Partners, joins me to talk about strategic job analysis. What is it, and what makes it different from traditional job analysis? Why should HR professionals get into it? How do companies use this technique? And, most importantly, what’s the best ballpark in the U.S.?

Want to know more? Check out this article on strategic job analysis. Like the Dept. 12 Facebook page to check out some additional resources on this topic.

Get in touch with Marc on LinkedIn, Twitter, or bother him at work and ask for a copy of his one-pager on strategic job analysis.