The Assessment Services Review is the official newsletter of the Assessment Services Department. We aim to bring you information and news relating to topics that are important to those people who work in the fields of employee selection, along with announcements from the department regarding new products, updates to existing products and exciting opportunities to help us develop validated and effective employment tests that will serve the public safety community for years to come.
Has your agency previously administered any of the tests IPMA-HR’s Entry-Level Firefighter (FF-EL) series?
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IPMA-HR is gathering the test scores received by current firefighters who took the FF-EL test to better understand how the tests are currently performing.
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This article talks about how the Victoria Fire Department in B.C. just got permission to use drones during emergencies as a first response tool. They will be using the drones during earthquakes, fires, and search and rescue missions. By having the drones, they can make sure that any building they are going into will be secure enough to withstand firefighters inside and check to see if there is anyone stuck inside of a burning building without risking firefighter lives. Search and rescue missions have now changed with the advantage of having drones. For example, if a child has gone missing in the water, the drone can hover over and find the exact location of the child without wasting time or funds to get a helicopter up and running. In all, drones...Continue Reading
There were recent developments in two cases related to the use of physical abilities tests as part of the pre-employment process.United States of America v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania et al.
In August 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asked a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to grant a partial summary judgment indicating that the physical abilities test battery used by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) disproportionately screened out female applicants clearing the way for trail against PSP. The DOJ claims the court should conclude that the state’s use of its physical abilities test for screening entry-level state police trooper positions has a disparate impact on women and should therefore allow the parties to proceed to trial to determine whether the test is job-related and consistent with business necessity or whether there is a less discriminatory...Continue Reading
Traditionally, I have started the New Year with a blog that recaps the past and looks to the future in assessment. This year we say good bye to 2016, and enter 2017. Of course, the big news in the United States was the election of a new President. I am not bold enough to claim I can predict how a new administration will impact public sector human resources. However, I do believe that I can make a prediction regarding the three hot trends for next year, and, they are each a carryover from the past several years.
My habit has been to insert a statement concerning how difficult it is to predict the future. However, this year I was surprised to find that many of the topics I would select for future trends, were actually covered in my blogs over the past year. So, maybe I am getting better at prophecy with advancing age.
My predictions for future trends or hot topics over the coming year include:
In this blog, I will respond to what I see as practical questions that often arise in planning for a panel interview. I do apologize for the delay in the production of this third, and final, blog on the interview. Unfortunately, at times, real life intervenes.
I started this series by noting that no other selection device is as ubiquitous as the interview, while at the same time as misunderstood. Then, in Part 1, I discussed the individual selection interview. In Part 2, I discussed panel interview, including the availability from IPMA-HR of a product known as the Police Officer Structured Interview System or POSIS.
This month, in the third and final blog, I respond to what I see as some frequently encountered questions...Continue Reading