SkillSurvey Analytics Team to Share New Research on Qualitative Feedback Provided by References at Annual SIOP Conference

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Analytics Team Highlights Candidates’ Top Strengths and Areas for Improvement Provided During Confidential Online Reference Checks

SkillSurvey, Inc., the provider of cloud-based reference checking and credentialing solutions that deliver reliable insights, announced that its analytics team will present their research on the qualitative data provided by references at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) taking place in Anaheim, CA, April 14-16, 2016.

“This is our analytic team’s ninth scientific submission in as many years to be accepted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference and it speaks to the rigor and scientific integrity that our team applies to support, and continue to advance, our patented online reference solution,” said Ray Bixler, SkillSurvey’s president and CEO. “This research also continues to break new ground in the area of text analysis as we are always seeking to provide managers and recruiters with more insight to make their hiring decisions.”

The team examined qualitative feedback on work-related strengths and areas for improvement provided by references on a confidential, online reference check survey. This type of research -- text analysis of open-ended comments from a candidate’s references -- has never been done before on such a large scale and on such a representative sample. The study consisted of 3,200 job applicants who were reference checked on one of 16 different job-specific surveys. Each applicant received feedback from at least four references; data from two managers and two co-workers were selected for analysis, yielding a sample of data from 12,800 references.

Session information:

13585: 67-13 Content of Qualitative Feedback Provided During Structured, Confidential Reference Checks
Authors: Dr. Cynthia A. Hedricks (SkillSurvey, Inc.), Leigh Puchalski (SkillSurvey, Inc.), Dr. Disha D. Rupayana (SkillSurvey, Inc.), Dr. Chet Robie (Wilfrid Laurier University)
April 14, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM, Ballroom A-E

About SkillSurvey®

SkillSurvey is the leader in online reference checking and credentialing, providing immediately useful insights to help employers make better hiring decisions. SkillSurvey speeds hiring for commercial, higher education, healthcare, and staffing and recruiting organizations. Its cloud-based referencing and credentialing solutions answer vital questions that help organizations hire the right people for every role.

Only Pre-Hire 360® provides insight into future job performance and is proven to predict involuntary turnover. An unmatched library of scientifically-designed surveys produces job-specific data employers can trust. Credential 360® provides healthcare organizations with streamlined digital credentialing that simplifies and enhances the credentialing experience for all participants. SkillSurvey makes the referencing and credentialing process more efficient and effective — helping employers save time and money, grow revenues, and bring employees onboard faster.

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