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How Science and Compliance Work Hand-in-Hand Within Pre-Hire Assessments

10/31/13 12:00 pm to 10/31/13 1:00 pm EDT
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Hiring the best talent is a top priority, and pre-hire assessments are a valuable tool. When these assessments are implemented properly, they can help predict future job performance, turnover and cultural fit. However, if not legally compliant, an “off-the-shelf” assessment can lead to costly and time-consuming audits and potential lawsuits, which can negatively impact an organization in many ways.

The cost of non-compliance is quite high. For cases relating to external hiring, the average fee to settle out-of-court is $590,266 per EEOC case and $668,785 per OFCCP case. In situations where cases actually go to trial and are ruled in favor of the plaintiff, the average cost to the organization is more than $13 million!

While the government’s view of health care and hospitals is still somewhat vague, it has been widely reported that the U.S. Department of Labor, the OFCCP and the EEOC all believe that the health care sector will be scrutinized heavily on the subject of compliance.

In this presentation we will:

  • Learn what to avoid when vetting pre-hire assessments and vendors.
  • Explore what makes an assessment TRULY statistically valid.
  • Examine the pre-hire process and discuss how seemingly harmless steps can present significant risk.
  • Identify key areas MOST at risk for scrutiny and audits.
  • Look at research and data findings from a simplistic and accessible point of view.
  • Develop a checklist of actions that you can immediately apply to your pre-hire process to lower risk.


     Brian Gilbert - Director of Business Development - SkillSurvey Inc.

Brian Gilbert is the director of business development for SkillSurvey and leads the company’s outreach efforts in providing educational content and thought leadership to SkillSurvey’s alliance partners, group purchasing organizations and national/state professional organizations. Previously, Gilbert led the development of an online social media community for HR professionals at, bringing together more than 55,000 professionals to collaborate and share best practices with their professional peers. He has a degree in education from West Chester University, and presents educational material around the country to a wide variety of audiences.

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