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Select International

xclusive feature

as a leader in employee screening
assessments and research, select
international helps manufacturers
ensure quality and reduce costs.

Select Choice
select international's robust assessments help
manufacturers fill jobs. by tim o'connor
Back in the '90s, the typical manufacturing hiring process involved a
two-hour proctored exam followed by
a series of interviews. Technology has
made today's screening process more
streamlined. Instead of in-person exams, candidates can now complete
assessments online or from their mobile devices, making it much easier
to compete for jobs and widening the
pool of applicants.
But something was lost in that convenience. Less formality means applicants are less likely to take the process
seriously, and some hires make less

of an effort once they are on the job.
"The harder you make the selection
process the more that person is going
to want that job and stay in that job
once they get it because it's a badge of
honor," says Dr. Matthew O'Connell,
co-founder and executive vice president at Select International, an employee assessment provider.
For these reasons, a good screening process is more important than
ever. A recent Select International
study of 800 employees showed that
screening out as few as 8 percent
of applicants using an assessment

would have resulted in a 25 percent
reduction in disciplinary actions and
a 40 percent reduction in workers'
compensation claims.
For more than two decades, Select
International has been a leader in employee screening assessments and research. The company was founded in
1993 with a focus on computer-based
assessments. Within two years, it
brought its employee screening processes to the manufacturing segment.
"Since we've been working in this
space for so long, we have a very robust set of solutions that apply to a
broad range of organizations," Dr.
O'Connell says. Each of those solutions can be adjusted to the client's
desired employee competencies, such
as multi-tasking or problem-solving,
to ensure they are placing job candidates in positions that best fit their
skillsets. "It helps the decision-makers slot candidates into positions
where they will be more successful,"
Dr. O'Connell states.
The company will roll out a new
platform later this year that will give
clients even more configuration options. "It's sort of a build-your-ownassessment we're moving toward,"
Dr. O'Connell says. "Clients can have
the core component and pick and
choose the ones they want in their assessment on the fly."

Safer Workplaces
Three core competencies are key to
evaluating potential manufacturing
employees: work ethic, personal responsibility and attention to detail.
Workers who excel in those areas and
have a positive personality tend to be
the ones that last on the job and con-

Select International / www.selectinternational.com / Headquarters: Pittsburgh / Employees: 100 / Specialty: Employee screening /
Matthew O'Connell, Ph.D., co-founder and executive vice president: "It's sort of a build-your-own-assessment we're moving toward."

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