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4 Reasons Why You Need To Motivate Your Team Now

Acwin Wong | August 12th, 2015 | Articles, Management

Lack Of Motivation Before the TV remote, the viewer would have to get up from their comfy couch and walk over to the TV set and adjust the knob to either change the channel or volume. It isn’t hard to imagine many people were not bothering to stand up and change anything at all after … Read More

How Not To Be THAT Boss: A Guide On Being Great Manager

Acwin Wong | July 30th, 2015 | Articles, Management, Training

Good Job! You’ve made it! You’re finally the manager of your very own team. But what exactly does it take to make yourself a great manager? You don’t just want to be a good manager, you want to be great! Let’s start with hiring. Not Exact Copy Whether you are starting up a new team … Read More

Prevue HR Integration with Oracle Taleo

Acwin Wong | July 9th, 2015 | Promotional

Back In The Day To many of us, it seems as though the Internet has always been there. Watching movies on Netflix, searching on Google, buying knickknacks on Amazon, and applying for jobs through LinkedIn all seem second-nature to most people. But prior to the Internet, people applied for jobs going door to door, and … Read More

How To Find Work: Graduate Edition

Acwin Wong | July 6th, 2015 | Articles, Hiring, Job Search

  I’ve Graduated…Now What? Every year more than 450,000 graduates (awarded with either Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree) are produced from post-secondary institutions. And that’s in Canada alone! In the US, that number is more than 2.4 million. While these numbers seem daunting (it certainly did for me), what are some ways that recent graduates can … Read More

Genuine or Not? How Honest Are Resumes and Cover Letters?

Acwin Wong | June 29th, 2015 | Articles, Hiring

The Hiring Process Although there are different industries and professions, the hiring process remains fairly similar and unchanged. For someone hoping to land a job, they turn on their computer and open a word processor to start typing where they have worked in their past on their resume. Some of these job seekers may keep … Read More

Detroit Red Wings – A Case Study in Succession Planning

prevue | June 23rd, 2015 | Articles, Case Study

Detroit Red Wings The Detroit Red Wings playoff streak currently stands at 24 years in a row, the longest current streak of post-season appearances in all North American professional sports. From front line-scouting and middle management to the Executive level, this organization is the model for succession planning. The Situation The City of Detroit began a … Read More

Job Marketing 101: Advertising Strategies for Online Recruitment

prevue | June 3rd, 2015 | Articles

If you have advertised a job in the last 5 years, you know that finding the right candidate isn’t always an easy task. In a perfect world, your job advertisement would be in front of every candidate looking for that type of opportunity, either actively or passively. Of course, this is easier said than done. … Read More

5 Reasons Your Job Ads Aren’t Working

Ashley Salvador | April 2nd, 2015 | Recruiting

Although referrals from professional and social networks can be the best method for finding candidates for an open position, a job ad can also successfully bring the right candidate to your company. When a job ad fails, it’s usually because of five common mistakes.  Keep the following reasons why some ads don’t work in mind the … Read More

Employees Want More Work/Life Balance

Ashley Salvador | February 20th, 2015 | Articles

HR Trends – Employees Want More Work/Life Balance The workplace has been encroaching on employee’s personal lives for some time now. More people are bringing work home, checking emails after hours and taking phone calls while on vacation. One of the hottest HR trends is increasing workplace flexibility. Employees want the ability to work when … Read More

HR Predictions for 2015

Ashley Salvador | February 4th, 2015 | Articles

HR Predictions for 2015 As businesses move into February, it is important to be aware of what 2015 brings for operations and human resources. By examining HR trends, HR managers can be prepared for how their departments and businesses will change and adapt to meet operational goals and the changing needs of customers and clients. Generational … Read More

The Importance of HR Branding

Ashley Salvador | December 3rd, 2014 | Articles

The Importance of HR Branding Many companies today have learned the importance of company branding and how it can help maintain their current clientele and attract new customers to their business. Unfortunately, too many of these same companies are spending so much time focusing on branding to attract customers that they fail to see the dynamic role HR … Read More

Why Your Business Needs a Succession Plan

prevue | July 15th, 2014 | Recruiting

Why Your Business Needs a Succession Plan Most organizations have a succession plan in place, but very few give importance to it. This is a recipe for disaster as organizations will not be prepared for job vacancies due to retirement or future attrition. In fact, succession planning is part of every successful organization’s strategy, as … Read More

Canadian Anti Spam Law (CASL): An Open Dialogue

Ashley Salvador | July 9th, 2014 | Articles

On July 1st, the Canadian Government introduced Bill C-28: Canada’s Anti Spam Legislation. For businesses, this new legislation means investing money, time and staff resources into understanding and complying with a new law. But ultimately, Bill C-28 presents a challenge to businesses and organizations who wish to contact their customers via electronic channels. CASL makes … Read More

The Link Between Corporate Culture and Performance

prevue | July 8th, 2014 | Articles

There is an inherent link between corporate culture and performance. When the corporate culture is strong, performance of the company as a whole and individual employees also is strong. But who is responsible for developing the right corporate culture? Developing the right corporate culture is not the sole responsibility of the human resources. It has to … Read More

Prevue HR Systems Launches the Prevue Screen

Ashley Salvador | June 26th, 2014 | Announcement, Promotional

Prevue HR Systems is pleased to announce the launch of our newest psychometric assessment, the Prevue Screen. Developed to help hiring managers and recruiters as a first step in screening job applicants, especially high-volume entry-level or hourly positions, the Prevue Screen is a cost-effective personality questionnaire that takes less than 10 minutes. Prevue Screen is … Read More

3 Tips to Combine a Multi-Generational Workforce

Ashley Salvador | June 5th, 2014 | Articles

The clashing of cultures occurring in today’s workplace is unlike any other time in corporate history.  Overcoming the finger pointing and negative attitudes may seem like an impossible task when trying to overcome all of the multi-generational workplace issues, but by employing a few simple tricks you can bridge the generation gap and create a highly … Read More

Prevue HR President & CEO Appointment Notice

Ashley Salvador | May 27th, 2014 | Announcement, News

Prevue HR Systems is proud to announce that Michael Campanella has been appointed to President and CEO, taking over responsibility for Prevue’s diverse hiring technology product offering. Mr. Campanella has over eight years of experience with Prevue HR as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Since joining Prevue HR, Mike has diversified the company’s offering to … Read More

How to Answer the Top 5 Interview Questions

Ashley Salvador | May 16th, 2014 | Articles, Hiring

Preparing for an interview is critical if you want to land a job. You want to appear confident and provide the right information to the interviewer to make a great impression. Knowing some of the more common interview questions and how to answer them can give you confidence going into the interview. Here are five … Read More

Psychometric Assessments and Moneyball

prevue | May 7th, 2014 | Articles, Case Study

If you have not seen the movie Moneyball, I highly recommend it.  The movies concept took the baseball world by storm and turned 100 years of scouting on its ear and ushered in a new way of assessing players and assembling a team.  The Oakland Athletics Gneral Manager Billy Beane, used Bill James’ sabermetric method … Read More

The Importance of Continuous Recruiting

Ashley Salvador | May 1st, 2014 | Articles, Promotional

Competition for top talent is intensifying in Canada and across the United States, resulting in heated recruiting rivalry for top performers and skilled technical personnel.  Many industries are affected by the shortage of skilled professionals.  Executives note that they receive thousands of applications for a single job position, but are frustrated to find that the … Read More

AP Plasman joins the CAMM/APMA Auto HR Network

prevue | April 30th, 2014 | Announcement, News

The CAMM/APMA Auto HR Network powered by Prevue HR is proud to welcome AP Plasman to this initiative, which provides applicant tracking systems and job-fit testing to member companies.  The decision came after extensive due diligence from the AP Plasman Human Resources team, which included multiple demonstrations of the system and a face-to-face meeting at their … Read More

Introduction of World’s Most Comprehensive Job Benchmark Library

Ashley Salvador | April 9th, 2014 | Announcement, News

Prevue HR Announces Significant Expansion to Offering with Introduction of World’s Most Comprehensive Job Benchmark Library Today, we are very pleased to announce that we have significantly expanded our offering to include the world’s most comprehensive library of job fit benchmarks.  This facility, called the Prevue Benchmark Library, is the culmination of almost a decade’s … Read More

Prevue HR Systems Becomes Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold Level Partner

Ashley Salvador | March 17th, 2014 | Announcement, News

Prevue HR Systems Becomes Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold Level Partner Vancouver, BC – March 17, 2014 – Prevue HR Systems, a Canadian-based firm specializing in job-fit benchmarking and assessments, today announced that it has achieved Gold Partner status in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). By attaining Gold Level membership, Oracle has recognized Prevue HR for its commitment to establish … Read More

Canadian Auto Industry Implement Tools to Help Address Skills Shortage Gaps

Ashley Salvador | August 14th, 2013 | Announcement, News

Canadian Auto Industry Implement Tools to Help Address Skills Shortage Gaps We’re very happy to be teamed up with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association and the Canadian Association of Mold Makers to help them become great at hiring. They explain it better than I ever could in their press release: APMA is pleased to welcome … Read More

10 Apps That Can Help Organize Your Business

Ashley Salvador | August 5th, 2013 | Uncategorized

10 Apps That Can Help Organize Your Business Running a business is tough work, whether you’re the head of a big one or a sole proprietor just trying to get by. For many business owners, staying organized is one of the most difficult things to do, especially when their calendars are overflowing with important activities. … Read More

Are Resumes Dead or just Mislabelled?

Ashley Salvador | March 1st, 2013 | Uncategorized

Are Resumes Dead or just Mislabelled? I’m seeing a lot of buzz around articles from USA Today and CBS News about how the resume as we know it is dead (or very near death). Let me quickly address the sensationalism behind all of this and then we’ll get practical. The Sensationalism The stories being covered are for tech and marketing … Read More

Culture and Hiring – 3 Things Your Company Can Do Better

Ashley Salvador | February 27th, 2013 | Recruiting

Culture and Hiring – 3 Things Your Company Can Do Better Your company culture – its philosophy, values, behavior, dress codes, and unique style and policies as a company – can be both a positive and engaging element in your efforts to recruit new employees. New hires that fit well within your company culture are … Read More

Social Media Recruiting for Small Business

Ashley Salvador | February 27th, 2013 | Recruiting

Social Media Recruiting for Small Business Information skews our perspective. Typically this is a good thing—the more information you have about something the more complete your perspective—but there’s also a downside. Because it’s so easy to find out about what other companies and people are doing—their success, their stories, the reports they publish—it’s easy to … Read More

9 Craziest Excuses for Being Late

Ashley Salvador | February 12th, 2013 | Uncategorized

9 Craziest Excuses for Being Late Every office has it. That one person who is consistently late for everything. A recent survey by CareerBuilder indicates that over a quarter of workers admit to being late at least once a week. 16% are late once a week or more. Traffic, children, and “broken” alarm clocks aside; what were … Read More

OHSA Safe Work Approach to Fight Fatigue and Increase Productivity

Ashley Salvador | February 5th, 2013 | Uncategorized

OHSA Safe Work Approach to Fight Fatigue and Increase Productivity Today’s post comes from Safety Services Company and looks at some of the risks of working tired. Being tired at work is just not the way life has to be, and there is a lot more to fix it than grab an extra-large cup of … Read More

Motivating Employees on a Limited Budget

Ashley Salvador | December 9th, 2012 | Recruiting

Motivating Employees on a Limited Budget Have you ever tried to motivate employees but found that giving away free iPods or bonus vacation days just isn’t paying off? You’re not alone. Most employers struggle with how to motivate employees with limited to no budget. I recently watched a TEDx video (embedded below) featuring Adam Grant, a tenured … Read More

Want Employees To Remember Their Job Functions?

Ashley Salvador | December 8th, 2012 | Recruiting

Ever had a friend that people naturally gravitate towards? No matter what the situation is, people in th room will naturally form a circle around this person and soak up everything they say. Chances are, that person was a great storyteller. A good friend of mine, Dave, is one such person in my life. I … Read More

Digging into Cultural Fit

Ashley Salvador | November 21st, 2012 | Uncategorized

Digging into Cultural Fit One of the most prominent terms of 2012 in regards to hiring and staffing has been Cultural Fit. This will probably continue into 2013, as it’s an important characteristic to consider when you’re hiring. While intentions are good when a company says it wants employees to be a good cultural fit, … Read More

Using Assessments to Support College Programs

Ashley Salvador | April 6th, 2011 | Articles

Using Assessments to Support College Programs We may be coming into an era where assessments will be utilized by post secondary educational institutions to help them qualify student applications and ensure that the most appropriate in-curriculum content and guidance counselling is available to ensure student success. This is particularly true of career oriented programs that … Read More

3 Basic Steps to Hiring Success

Ashley Salvador | March 10th, 2011 | Articles

Three Basic Steps to Hiring Success The Current Climate: Employment prospects are improving and hiring activity is increasing in almost all jurisdictions. The pace is faster in Canada, Australia and New Zealand but all of the G7 countries are trending in this direction. If you are not hiring right now you will probably need to … Read More

2011 is Looking Good!

Ashley Salvador | February 14th, 2011 | Articles, News

2011 is looking good! I am sure all of us were setting objectives and finalizing 2011 business development plans through the final quarter of 2010. We all know however that our best laid plans are more likely to come to fruition in a receptive economy. Conveniently most economic forecasters are expressing optimism for the near … Read More

What the Heck is ‘Talent’?

Ashley Salvador | January 11th, 2011 | Articles

What the heck is ‘Talent’? We have all seen and read countless studies, articles and ads like the recently published “Research Brief:  Quality Candidates and Quality Process” from Aberdeen Group1 that concludes “talent acquisition is at the heart of talent management”. This Research Brief like many other publications on the subject confirms that following best … Read More

Prevue Future – A Peek into 2011

Ashley Salvador | December 16th, 2010 | News

Prevue Future – A Peek Into 2011 It seemed fitting for the last article of the year to take a peek at the future. The article was prompted by a LinkedIn discussion amongst Prevue Distributors and Users regarding the use of Prevue Assessments for career planning applications. It is also a timely follow-up to the … Read More

Case Study: Introducing Prevue to a College Program

Ashley Salvador | November 16th, 2010 | Articles, Case Study

Case Study: Introducing Prevue to a College Program Last month, we asked some “What if” questions around the possible opportunities and manner by which tools like Prevue can bring a positive impact to College programs, particularly programs where students are being prepared for a specific career. Summary: Success of Prevue based program Reduce dropout rates … Read More

Best Practices for Using Resumes in the Recruiting Process

Ashley Salvador | September 17th, 2010 | Articles, Recruiting

Best Practices for Using Resumes in the Recruiting Process Best Practices for Using Resumes in the Recruiting Process Most HR thought leaders agree that at least in the foreseeable future, resumes will continue to be the standard format of candidate data used in the employment arena. We all experience the resume as the preferred format … Read More

How Do You Prove Validity?

Ashley Salvador | July 16th, 2010 | Articles

How Do You Prove Validity? (Can be sung to the tune “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” from The Sound of Music) Validity is a pretty dry topic but it is consistently the subject of the most frequently asked questions about the use of Prevue Assessments. It has therefore earned feature article status. If you … Read More

The Looming Turnover Explosion

Ashley Salvador | June 21st, 2010 | Articles

Opportunity: The Looming Turnover Explosion One of the anticipated issues which are looming over many businesses as the economic recovery continues its slow progress is a predicted explosion in employee turnover. Staying put and hanging on to what you have has been the primary motive of most employees for the past few years, whether they … Read More

Prevue vs. DiSC Based Pre-Employment Tests

Ashley Salvador | June 20th, 2010 | Articles

Prevue vs. DiSC Based Pre-Employment Tests Background on Assessments (Pre-Employment Tests): Assessments are job suitability tests that are given to job applicants either online or in pencil and paper format before they are hired or promoted. Assessments are also used for coaching, training and team building activities. To be most effective, the assessment should be … Read More

Some Real Numbers on the Cost of Turnover

Ashley Salvador | May 13th, 2010 | Articles

Some Real Numbers on the Cost of Turnover Employee turnover is an issue that lingers as a serious negative impactor on productivity in most workplaces. Research studies have consistently shown that turnover in North America ranges between 25% and 30% on the average. Prior to the current recession, the latest US Labor Department statistics showed … Read More

Measuring Validity Requires Measuring Job Performance

Ashley Salvador | May 6th, 2010 | Articles

Measuring Validity Requires Measuring Job Performance It seems that one question almost inevitably begets another.  Last month’s feature article talked about what validity means, why it is important and how it is measured.  The article contained an offer to assist Prevue users in proving the internal validity and/or the return on investment (“ROI”) on their … Read More

7 Suggestions for More Effective Meetings

Ashley Salvador | March 22nd, 2010 | Articles

7 Suggestions for More Effective Meetings Experience has taught all of us that poorly managed meetings are not only unproductive; they suck the life right out of everyone other than the person who is supposed to make the meeting interesting. So here are seven simple suggestions for better meeting management: Reduce the number of meetings … Read More

The Truth (?) About Resumes

Ashley Salvador | February 22nd, 2010 | Articles

The Truth (?) about Resumes Otto von Bismarck said that “people never lied so much as after a hunt, during a war or during an election”. If Otto had lived in the 21st century he would likely have added “on submitting job applications” as a fourth category for circumstance where people lie. I think we … Read More

5 Reasons to use Pre-Employment Tests

Ashley Salvador | February 1st, 2010 | Articles

Here are 5 key reasons for companies to use Pre-Employment Tests (Assessments) in both hiring and other HR management functions. They are extracted from a recent article in Workforce Management written by Ashley Shadday entitled “Assessments 101”. SCREENING OR JOB FIT: “Assessment tests, when used as part of the hiring process, provide employers with an … Read More

The 2010 Hiring Challenge

Ashley Salvador | January 21st, 2010 | Articles

 The 2010 Hiring Challenge No doubt all of you have completed or are putting the finishing touches on your 2010 Business Development Plan. We are in the latter group and find much of our planning effort is devoted to forecasting what will happen with the economy, changes in employment levels and the resulting impact on … Read More

The Proof is in the Research

Ashley Salvador | December 9th, 2009 | Articles

The Proof is in the Research Do you ever question whether you are using the right assessment tools to find the right people?  We are often asked to explain why the Prevue Assessments, that measure General Mental Ability, Interest/Motivation and the Big Five personality traits, are the best available measures of job fit to identify … Read More

Organizational Fit?

Ashley Salvador | November 12th, 2009 | Articles

Organizational Fit? The Talent Acquisition Strategy Study recently published by the Aberdeen Group contains a number of very interesting conclusions regarding the best methods for acquiring top talent. One stands out particularly. The study found that “quality of hire is currently the holy grail of talent management metrics” and Organizational Fit is the top measure … Read More

Do Not Miss the Bus!

Ashley Salvador | October 15th, 2009 | Articles

Do Not Miss the Bus! The following article contributed by Fernie Black highlights an opportunity that is only available to business during the current recession. There is no better time to make sure you have the right people on your team because there is a limited window of opportunity to locate and hire the talent … Read More

The Hiring Process – What is the Target?

Ashley Salvador | September 16th, 2009 | Articles

The Hiring Process – What is the Target? How many of us have set out upon a hiring process with the goal of hiring only top performers just like Bob?  After all, Bob is the guy we wish we could clone. With great care we create a Prevue benchmark that factors in all of the … Read More

What is Work/Life Balance?

Ashley Salvador | August 28th, 2009 | Articles

What is Work/Life Balance? The following article written by Kevin Wheeler was recently published on ERE.net. It struck a real chord with me because I’ve often questioned whether we really understand what work/life balance means and what is it’s objective. I think we all know that we shouldn’t be developing solutions before we understand both the … Read More

The 6th Annual Pre-Employment Test Usage Survey by Rocket-Hire

Ashley Salvador | August 8th, 2009 | Articles, Case Study

The 6th Annual Pre-Employment Test Usage Survey by Rocket-Hire Dr. Charles Handler’s annual survey was released earlier this week. The key finding regarding the use of assessments were as follows: Overall usage of assessment tools was generally about the same as in past years — roughly two-thirds of the organization who participated in the study. … Read More

Ricci vs. DeStefano – Redefining Disparate Impact

Ashley Salvador | August 4th, 2009 | Articles

Ricci vs. DeStefano – Redefining Disparate Impact Disparate or adverse impact in employment selection decisions refers to the different treatment of employees or applicants based on their race, color, religion, gender, national origin or handicap. This recent decision of the US Supreme Court takes a new view of the prohibition of disparate impact legislated under … Read More

Hiring by the Signs of the Zodiac

Ashley Salvador | July 28th, 2009 | Articles, Hiring

Hiring by the Signs of the Zodiac What will the EEOC and the various Human Rights administrations in the UK and North America do with this one? A row has broken out in Austria after a company tried to recruit workers born under certain star signs. The Salzburg insurance company posted an advert in major … Read More

Assessing Prevue Assessments

Ashley Salvador | July 9th, 2009 | Articles

We were recently asked by a new Prevue customer to respond to an article published some time ago in the HR Reporter. The customer wanted to know how our Pre-Employment Tests measured up to the key criteria for selecting an assessment product that were outlined in the article. Following are excerpts from the article with … Read More

Pre-Employment Testing to Measure Soft Skills

Ashley Salvador | June 8th, 2009 | Articles

What exactly are soft skills and how are you supposed to know what soft skills are required for a particular position? A study conducted by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Office Team and HR.com provides some answers to the first of these two questions. The study involving a mix of 700 administrative and … Read More

Adverse Impact Analysis / Four-Fifths Rule

Ashley Salvador | May 6th, 2009 | Uncategorized

In 1978, four government agencies (EEOC, Department Of Labor, Department of Justice, and the Civil Service Commission) adopted a set of guidelines known as the Uniform Guidelines for Employee Selection Procedures, which provided information on what constitutes a discriminatory test surrounding employment testing, as well as all personnel decisions.  They focused on when a personnel … Read More

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