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Book Excerpt: Hiring Success by Dr. Steven Hunt

The use of staffing assessments as a tool to select from a pool of job candidates is an ancient practice.   And although our modern-day practices are more effective than those used by the ancient Chinese as early as 1100 BC, practitioners and job candidates still criticize them.

Dr. Steven Hunt’s Hiring Success, The Art and Science of Staffing Assessment and Employee Selection is a very readable handbook for HR professionals who want to improve their hiring performance.  The book covers a wide scope, starting with a chapter on what staffing assessments measure, why they work, and how to use them and concluding with a chapter on incorporating staffing assessments into the hiring process.

Free for our site visitors, here is an excerpt from Chapter Six,  Common Criticisms of Staffing Assessments. In this excerpt, the author refutes the criticism that staffing assessment can be faked by applicants. 

If you are interested in learning more, you can get a copy of Hiring Success, The Art and Science of Staffing Assessment and Employee Selection from

About the author
Dr. Steven Hunt has helped organizations design and deploy a variety of automated staffing tools and methods including applicant tracking and pre-screening systems, employee reliability and customer service measures, predictors of culture fit and retention, interactive job simulations, and assessments of leadership potential.

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, and a Masters and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University. He is also certified as a Strategic Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society of Human Resource Management.

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  1. Hi Dona;

    Thanks so much for giving us this information. I will definitely get the book. Most of our clients come through referrals but we still get questions about validity.

    Again, thank you,
    Nice to see this information out there.

    June 17, 2011

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