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How Humans Detect Emotions in Faces?

By Elizabeth T. on May 14, 2021 6:54:17 PM

As a recruiter, you understand that without pre-employment tests, evaluating a candidate's entire career on two sides of a piece of paper is impractical. Despite this, resumes are the first thing managers look for when evaluating applicants to find a good fit.

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence AI Video Recruiting Pre-Employment Testing Organizational Culture
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If You’re in Healthcare Recruitment, Do You Know These Industry Challenges?

By Elizabeth T. on Apr 28, 2021 2:58:13 PM

The hiring process can be challenging and stressful for an employer, no matter what business. In healthcare recruiting, however, there's an extra layer to it. Employees in the healthcare industry directly affect consumers' health and general well-being, which increases the burden on healthcare organizations.

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence AI Video Recruiting Organizational Culture Healthcare
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Einsatz von Retorio im Personalwesen - Warum KI zu objektiveren Entscheidungen führt

By Retorio Founders on Mar 23, 2021 8:05:14 PM

Retorio wurde 2018 von Dr. Christoph Hohenberger und Dr. Patrick Oehler an der TU München gegründet. Ziel des Unternehmens ist es, Jobsuchenden und Firmen mittels neuer Technologien dabei zu helfen, bessere Entscheidungen zu treffen, fairere Prozesse zu gestalten und möglichst vielen Menschen Zugang zu individualisierter und möglichst persönlicher Weiterbildung zu ermöglichen.

Um ein besseres Verständnis zu vermitteln, was Retorio ist und wie es funktioniert, haben wir die wichtigsten Fragen und Antworten zu Retorio im Folgenden zusammengefasst.

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence AI Video Recruiting Diversity Pre-Employment Testing Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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Which Psychological Defenses Do You Bring to Work?

By Elizabeth T. on Nov 13, 2020 1:17:10 PM

When we come to work, we bring our hard skills, like data crunching and Photoshop; we bring our soft skills training like negotiation and leadership. Along with the qualities we find on a CV, we bring behaviors to the workplace. Defense mechanisms is one kind of behavior that individuals use to create a barrier between themselves and stressful events, actions, or thoughts. They use defense mechanisms as a way to navigate around emotional threats or feelings. 

Topics: Science Candidate Experience
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U.S., the EU, and China: Their Fears and Hopes in AI

By Elizabeth T. on Oct 14, 2020 11:54:36 AM

Artificial intelligence is heralded to be the singular, defining technology of the century. It impacts a wide-range of industries, organizations, and systems. From military uses, AI in recruiting, to healthcare, AI will underpin various processes within a few decades. Exploring attitudes of what the general public perceives or want from AI is essential. 

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence
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How AI Works: the Nuts and Bolts

By Elizabeth T. on Oct 8, 2020 12:51:17 PM

Artificial intelligence (AI) is pretty mainstream. It's about everything---to Netflix movie suggestions to digital pre-employment assessment. 

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence Pre-Employment Testing
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Jung’s Archetypes in the Workplace: Questions to Reflect

By Elizabeth T. on Sep 24, 2020 3:19:22 PM

In a world of AI in recruiting, a digital-first pre-employment assessment, and people analytics, it’s easy to forget the origins of understanding people. Psychology, a social science, gained ground when two psychiatrists pioneered major ideas about human psychology and development, Sigmeund Freud and Carl Jung. Although his theories are discussed to a lesser extent than Freud's psychodynamic approach, Carl Jung's ideas carry an influence whose effects can still be felt today. 

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence Pre-Employment Testing
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Female Leadership in Crisis: Find The Right Women

By Elizabeth T. on Aug 25, 2020 1:34:03 PM

With the COVID-19 pandemic stopping the economic and social life of entire countries, researchers wanted to know which leaders made a difference in delivering a (more) positive outcome. From hiring, pre employment assessments, to travel, the results may affect how organizations attribute leadership in times of crisis. The University of Liverpool conducted a statistical analysis of 194 countries. Their conclusions: countries with women leaders performed better. Their countries suffered half as many COVID-related deaths.

Topics: Science Diversity Pre-Employment Testing
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The Science Behind Team Chemistry

By Elizabeth T. on Jun 24, 2020 12:48:14 PM

Companies are on the hunt for that special formula that makes a team magic. Fortunately, science sheds light on how teams can perform. Deloitte’s national managing director Kim Christfort and Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg performed a comprehensive study on team chemistry. They created questionnaires, similar to a pre-employment assessment, which contain business-relevant traits and preferences. Christfort and Vickberg are a social-personality psychologist and Deloitte’s Business Chemistry lead researcher respectively.

Topics: Science Organizational Culture
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What’s the difference between facial expression detection and facial recognition?

By Elizabeth T. on Jun 18, 2020 5:24:43 PM

Facial expressions play an important role in recognition of emotions and are used in the process of non-verbal communication. Just like you hear your mother’s certain tone of voice---yes, *that* voice---you can quickly indicate a person’s feelings via their facial expression. This helps describe a person’s emotional state. Facial expressions assist us in ascertaining a person’s emotions and frame of mind. 

Researchers and scientists utilize facial expression detection in exploring the field of emotion  recognition.  Much of the research focuses on recognizing  seven  basic  emotional  states:  neutral,  joy,  surprise, anger, sadness, fear, and disgust.

Topics: Science Diversity Pre-Employment Testing
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What's the Difference Between the Big 5, the Enneagram, and MBTI?

By Elizabeth T. on May 28, 2020 10:25:25 PM

People often ask us why we based our AI-powered personality and communication analysis on the Big 5 Model instead of other methods, such as Enneagram, and MBTI. Accordingly, we will give you a summary of these common assessment methods and talk about their differences and connections.

In the field of psychology, the five dimensions (the ‘Big Five’) are commonly used in the research and study of personality. Since the late 20th Century, these factors have been used to measure, and develop a better understanding of individual differences in personality. It's commonly used as a pre-employment assessment---and as a basis for other personality systems. The Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs pull from the science-based Big Five.

Topics: Science Pre-Employment Testing
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Extreme Personalities at Work and in Life - Is More Always Better?

By Caroline R. on Feb 5, 2020 4:56:23 PM

Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you
Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Till your good is better and your better is best

But does this go the same for choosing candidates in the workplace?

Topics: Science Diversity
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Hiring with an AI Personality Test? You *Need* These 2 Metrics

By Elizabeth T. on Jan 30, 2020 2:17:02 PM


Topics: Science Pre-Employment Testing
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History of the Big 5: Why This Online Psychometric Test Packs a Punch

By Elizabeth T. on Jan 10, 2020 11:44:27 AM

We often receive questions about the Big 5 personality model, and its scientific foundations. The Big 5 form the core of our video analysis AI. Yet, in using the Big 5, we have built our method on the shoulders of giants.

In the field of psychology, the five dimensions (the ‘Big Five’) are commonly used in the research and study of personality. For several decades, these factors have been used to measure, and develop a better understanding of individual differences in personality. They provide answers into an individual's abstract reasoning, verbal reasoning, and created a slew of other aptitude tests. However, in psychology the Big 5 is regarded as the "gold standard" of personality analytics due to its decades-long research; Arguably it's the only psychometric test to reach somewhat of a scientific consensus.

Topics: Science Pre-Employment Testing
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Your Mom Jokes You're Neurotic, But Really, Are You?

By Elizabeth T. on Jan 7, 2020 4:51:50 PM

“Ain’t no party like a neurotic party”, said no one ever. Mostly because it would tend to look like a party thrown by Eeyore from the Winnie-the-Pooh books. Neuroticism is one of the five personality traits in the Big Five Personality Trait model. It's often confused with the word neuroses, which originated from the 18th century.

Topics: Science Pre-Employment Testing
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The Science Behind the Big 5 and How It Impacts AI

By Elizabeth T. on Jan 7, 2020 12:47:25 PM

Personality is usually defined by the set of behaviors, feelings, and thoughts that arise from a person’s biological and environmental state. While there’s no set definition behind the word “personality”, psychologists define its traits along 5 dimensions: introversion-extroversion (also spelled “extraversion”), agreeableness, openness, consciousness, and neuroticism (i.e. emotional stability).

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence
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Dimensions of Personality: Conscientiousness and Agreeableness

By Elizabeth T. on Jan 2, 2020 3:33:54 PM

You may not be familiar with George A. Miller, but you may be familiar with some of the major ideas he spread to popular culture. He was one of the founders of cognitive psychology and believed the human mind used an information-processing model. He was the propeller in taking psychology from the ivory towers of academics and experts and integrating its learnings for people to learn from. In his 1969 American Psychological Association Presidential Address, he called this “giving psychology away” as part of a public service.

Topics: Science
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Science shows the real danger of slow adaptation in AI for HR

By Elizabeth T. on Oct 16, 2019 5:12:53 PM

Ready or not, artificial intelligence (AI) and human intuition are going to be ultimate power couple. AI for talent strategy may surpass the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce, Simba and Nala, or bacon eggs. AI and talent professionals will be carving out the future of fast-thinking companies.

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence
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No Fluff: Science Says This Will Transform Your Talent Strategy

By Elizabeth T. on Oct 14, 2019 7:34:49 PM

18th century Russian writer Anton Chekov may seem the last person to consult with on business. He earned his living as a doctor and writing plays. However he did pen a precious nugget of wisdom, “Man is what he believes”. This kind of philosophy can perforate throughout an organization. In fact, it could be changed to “A company is what it believes”.

Topics: Science

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