SkillSurvey to Present at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Annual Conference

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Topics Include: Industry’s first “Big Data” Analysis of Open-ended Comments Provided by an Applicant’s References; How Competency Ratings by Others Can Help Reduce Applicant “Faking” in Pre-Hire Assessments

SkillSurvey, Inc., the inventor of the Pre-Hire 360® assessment, which recently received a U.S. Patent, today announced that its Chief Analytics Officer and its Senior Research Scientist will present in two separate symposiums at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) taking place May 15-17 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“There were a record number of submittals this year and we’re honoured to be accepted to deliver our research papers in two different symposiums at SIOP 2014. We’re dedicated to advancing the science behind pre-hire reference assessments to help organizations better predict which applicants will succeed, once hired,” said SkillSurvey’s Chief Analytics Officer, Cynthia A. Hedricks, Ph.D.

SIOP 2014 is the premier gathering of industrial and organizational psychologists bringing together 3,200 professionals and students. The SkillSurvey team will present the following topics within the two symposiums:

Text Analysis: What Do References Say About Job Applicants?
Dr. Disha D. Rupayana will present findings of the industry’s first study of open-ended comments provided by references and to what extent these predict outcome of those who are later hired. The study looks at the percent of references who commented on the applicant’s work-related strengths vs. areas for improvement. It will then present common themes found in these comments, and how these themes differ between applicants who were later hired and still on the job (vs. those hired and later fired for cause). The study looked at comments provided by 9,913 references for one of 2,449 customer service new hires.

Use of Other-Ratings and Technology to Address Applicant Faking
Dr. Cynthia A. Hedricks will participate in a symposium that presents cutting-edge methods to mitigate the effects of applicant faking, one of the biggest challenges facing the ability of pre-hire assessments to predict subsequent work outcomes, such as turnover and performance. To predict subsequent work outcomes, her study used competency feedback from an applicant’s references (former managers and co-workers) instead of using the applicants’ own self reports of their work competence.

Both presentations take place on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 am at the Hawaii Convention Center.

About SkillSurvey, Inc.
SkillSurvey is the inventor of the Pre-Hire 360® assessment, which recently received a U.S. patent. Utilizing a unique combination of behavioral science, talent analytics, and data-driven benchmarking, SkillSurvey’s Pre-Hire 360® assessment is scientifically proven to drive better hiring decisions and generate predictive candidate insight based upon past job performance. SkillSurvey’s integrated suite of cloud-based software products is being used by over 1,400 companies, institutions and organizations to reduce new hire turnover, improve job performance, attract better candidates, and drive customer satisfaction. SkillSurvey has frequently been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. 5000 and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500TM. Visit SkillSurvey at, and on Facebook and Twitter.

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