Posts By Dr. Charles Handler

“Diversity Decay”: How Bias Compounds Down the Hiring Funnel

Companies know that diversity is important, especially as the markets they serve also continue to become more diverse. For decades, companies have operated under the false assumption that a lack of organizational diversity is a talent pool or pipeline problem. And, with that attitude, companies historically haven’t felt obligated to implement diversity and inclusion recruitment best practices.

Dr. Charles Handler - - 12/15/2021

What Does a Talent Assessment Specialist Do?

The market for talent assessments is hot, and the need for assessment expertise will only grow. Data from Rocket-Hire’s assessment market report reveals that, in just five years (between 2015-2020), the pre-hire talent assessment market has grown by a shocking 98%. With so many companies implementing pre-hire assessments — many for the first time — talent assessment specialists are in demand to provide guidance.

Dr. Charles Handler - - 12/08/2021

Talent Assessment and Succession Planning

Assessments help you achieve a more effective succession planning process. Here’s what you need to know about talent assessments and succession planning.

Dr. Charles Handler - - 11/18/2021

How to Develop a Sophisticated Talent Assessment Strategy

Assessments are a vital part of your talent strategy, but most companies fail to use them strategically. Typically, HR teams add assessments to the hiring process as a response to a specific problem, such as high turnover or low productivity.

Dr. Charles Handler - - 10/20/2021

Culture Add vs. Culture Fit: Why Everything You Know About Culture Fit Is Wrong

The concept of hiring for culture fit is so ingrained in our hiring lexicon that assessing candidates based on this idea has become part of many organizations’ “best practices.” It’s actually a deeply problematic practice. The problem starts with how we define the term “culture fit.” The absence of a structured, objective approach to understanding…

Dr. Charles Handler - - 09/29/2021

How to Avoid Bias in Hiring

Committing to diversity and inclusion doesn’t automatically reduce bias in the hiring process. Recent research from the University of Pennsylvania found that firms who reported that they consider gender and racial diversity when making hiring decisions still displayed significant bias toward resumes from women, minorities or applicants from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Bias in the hiring…

Dr. Charles Handler - - 08/23/2021

In Defense of Talent Assessments in a Tight Labor Market

Let’s face it — the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic have had an unprecedented impact on the labor market. Talent is in short supply, and with the Great Resignation underway, companies may be losing workers faster than they can add them. As employers scramble to figure out how to overcome these challenges, abandoning the…

Dr. Charles Handler - - 08/10/2021


Recent emphasis on candidate experience has led employers to point the finger at assessments as the No. 1 reason for a negative candidate experience. But the idea that candidates will immediately devalue any employer who asks them to dedicate more than 10 minutes to an assessment is false. While most people don’t enjoy taking tests,…

Don’t Let These 5 Myths About Candidate Assessment Hold You Back

Employers are wary of using assessments during their hiring process. But why? Employers have been led to believe that assessments, by default, create a poor candidate experience. And that can be true, if the pre-hire assessment is poorly designed, misused, or confusing to candidates. But an assessment that measures what it claims to measure and…

Dr. Charles Handler - - 06/23/2021


FREE DOWNLOAD IDEAL FOR TALENT ACQUISITION PROFESSIONALS Download this in-depth guide that outlines Rocket-Hire’s four-step model for the successful use of talent assessment, including a thorough discussion of the most common types of pre-hire assessment and how to use them. The Guide also explores: The financial impact of assessment, presenting examples of real-world outcomes realized…