Orlando Insights from PreVisor's LINK 2007 Annual Client Conference

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Clients value talent management content, presentations and activities focused on quality of hire

I found the conference to be very educational and a great forum to network with my peers at the larger organizations.

PreVisor, a global leader in on-demand employment assessments and selection solutions, just wrapped up their annual LINK 2007 Client Conference, which took place September 19-21 in Orlando, Florida at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.

In a packed schedule, LINK proved to be just what it promised: a networking forum for ideas, innovation and collaboration where attendees heard detailed examples of solutions and tactics for aligning talent decisions to business outcomes, directly from their peers.

The conference opened with a welcome and company update by Noel Sitzmann, CEO of PreVisor, who gave an overview of the changes and growth in the company since the last user conference in 2006. Corporate highlights included:

  • Consolidation of all the PreVisor companies (including former Brainbench, ePredix, PDRI, and Qwiz) onto a unified administration and delivery platform - Select2Perform - was completed.
  • Close to 1600 new clients signed up with PreVisor in the past year, including Best Buy, Nokia, and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
  • Assessment use among clients increased over 33% overall, year-over-year, reinforcing talent management trends being reported in major publications.
  • Global expansion continued with the opening of a U.K. office in June, near London, and the August acquisition of Sydney, Australia based Talent Technologies.

The kickoff keynote speaker, Jeff Noel from the Disney Institute, shared the magical way the world's largest single-site employer cultivates and maintains a unique culture - which he reinforced repeatedly, was "Culture by design, not default".

Multiple breakout sessions provided valuable sharing opportunities for PreVisor clients, including one focusing on goal-oriented selection solutions presenting case examples from EMBARQ and Bank of America; and another focusing on legal compliance in selection processes as shared by Boeing and top experts in employment law.

Two more double sessions occurred after lunch, covering call center hiring with T-Mobile and Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC; best practices for implementing assessment programs with Valvoline, Starwood Hotels and The Body Shop; measuring ROI of people initiatives featuring Advance Auto and T-Mobile; and mastering the art of interviewing from Wells Fargo and Charter Communications.

The second day of the conference proved just as educational, beginning with the second keynote speaker, Gavin Appleby of Littler Mendelson, Global, who provided practical tips on how to minimize exposure in today's complex world of employment-related legal issues.

PreVisor's Caroline Paxman, SVP of Professional Services and Chief Product Officer, continued the general session by outlining the company's strategic vision and roadmap for product development. In the past year, the product team, which includes several senior industrial/organizational psychologists, has worked on developing a career interest inventory, added almost 250 new tests to the Select2Perform platform, launched InterView -- an online interview guide builder, and created new simulation content for Contact Center and Front Line Manager positions to be launched in Q1 2008.

Ms. Paxman emphasized that PreVisor works closely with clients as partners in development, research and validation studies. She extended an invitation to other clients to join in upcoming research opportunities.

The last day's breakout sessions were presented by Nationwide, covering the use of assessments for employee development, and a panel from American Express and Sprint Nextel discussing managing online pre-employment testing.

Said Michael Blair of EMBARQ, a presenter himself, "I enjoyed and learned from nearly every minute of the conference. The last session I attended was a huge bonus. Nationwide just completed a project that is nearly identical to one I was asked to pursue in August. We are in the planning stages, and I feel that I leaped ahead about 8 weeks by attending the session. It will allow me to move forward without reinventing the wheel."

The closing luncheon provided a final opportunity for clients to submit feedback on the conference and share thoughts with one another. Consensus was that attendees wanted to continue networking beyond the event, and PreVisor is looking into expanding communication access for their client community.

Client reaction to the event:

"This has been a really great conferenceā€¦more technical than I thought it would be and I like that. I've already pre-registered for next year!" -- Meisha-Ann Martin (I/O), Raymond James, Tampa Bay.

"A class act from beginning to end. I've never seen a conference with such a clear and unwavering focus on the client." Cindy Sniezak, The Walt Disney Company

"I found the conference to be very educational and a great forum to network with my peers at the larger organizations." - Lori O'Keefe, Tampa Electric

Next year's conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Huntington Beach, CA.

About PreVisor:
PreVisor, a leading provider of on demand pre-employment assessment software and employee selection solutions, helps organizations by connecting hiring decisions with business results. Following the rigorous standards of industrial-organizational psychology, PreVisor's assessment content accurately predicts on-the-job performance and supports fair hiring practices. PreVisor's solutions help streamline hiring, reduce recruiting and training costs, and improve corporate performance for clients worldwide, including over 100 of the Fortune 500. http://www.PreVisor.com

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