Past Behavior and Current Traits: Unifying Two of Our Most Frequently Used Assessments
James Meaden, M.A.
Gartner Talent Management Labs
Broadly speaking, biographical measures are one of the two types of measures with which potential job applicants are typically assessed, the other being psychometric assessments. Given that these two types of measures are used so prominently in the field of employee selection, it is surprising that very few researchers have investigated how they are related in theory, and how they should be integrated in practice. In this presentation, James Meaden will present a framework which provides a theoretical understanding of the relationship between biographical experiences and psychological constructs, as well as how these two types of measures can be used together in practice. The result is a unified selection model that can be used to maximize the prediction of two key employee outcomes. Data from five organizations will be presented that support the framework.
James Meaden is a Senior Research Analyst in CEB’s (now Gartner) Talent Management Labs where he supports research on potential innovations in employee selection and engagement. Prior to joining CEB, James was a Consortium Research Fellow with the Army Research Institute’s Personnel Assessment Research Unit, a position he held while completing his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at George Mason University.
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