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    February Breakfast Meeting - Structured and Virtual Interview Workshop - 2020 Workforce Readiness Initiative

    Date: February 12, 2020, 8:00am – 9:30am
    Akron Area SHRM
    Hilton Garden Inn Akron
    1307 E. Market Street Akron, Ohio 44305

    7:30am - Registration Opens
    8:00am - Breakfast and Networking
    8:30am - Presentations Begin
    $25 Members, $35 Non-Members, $15 Students, $15 Members-in-transition
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           AASHRM 2020 Workforce Readiness Initiative:             Structured and Virtual Interview Workshop

    In February, Scott Bible, SHRM-SCP and Erin Makarius, PhD and SHRM-SCP from the University of Akron will present a workshop for HR managers to update their  interview processes to ensure that it is as reliable and valid as possible. This will aid in efforts to be inclusive and avoid adverse impact. In addition to a hands-on workshop to develop structured interviews, the session will highlight virtual interviews and how to make them more effective.

    The most common ways that organizations assess and measure an applicant’s skills are through resume screening and unstructured interviews. These can be efficient, but they can also be the least reliable and valid way to predict job performance.

    Typical Unstructured Interview

    • Relatively unplanned and “quick and dirty”
    • Questions based on interviewer “hunches” or “pet questions” to assess applicants
    • Casual, open-ended, or subjective questions
    • “Tell me about yourself…”
    • Often contains obtuse questions
    • “If you were an animal…”
    • Often contains highly speculative questions
    • “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

    Typical Structured Interview

    • Questions based on job analysis
    • Same questions asked of each candidate
    • Response to each question numerically evaluated
    • Detailed anchored rating scales may be used to score each response
    • Detailed notes taken, focusing on interviewees’ behaviors

    This session will guide participants in creating more structured interviews and will present the advantages and disadvantages of taking interviews virtual.


    Our speaker, Scott Bible, SHRM-SCP:

    Scott C. Bible, SHRM-SCP is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The University of Akron and a doctoral student at Cleveland State University where he is pursuing a DBA in Human Resources Management. Mr. Bible obtained his Master’s Degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology in 2008 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management in 2005. He currently serves as the Workforce Readiness chair for the Akron Area Society for Human Resources Management (AASHRM) and co-chair for College Relations.  Mr. Bible brings a variety of skills to an organization such as selection & staffing, leadership development, critical thinking and the use of analytics in decision-making. Before his current position, he worked as a consultant at an HR firm for 5 years and later worked in healthcare where he developed programs for leadership development, change management, and continuous improvement for about 10 years.

    Erin E. Makarius, Ph.D. and SHRM-SCP is an Associate Professor of Human Resources in the Management Department of the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron. She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Makarius has several years of experience in human resources and management, including working at and consulting with a variety of companies in the financial, insurance, and consumer products industries. Her research interests include boundary spanning in the form of technological, international, and organizational boundaries, with emphasis on the role of relationships and reputation in these processes. Her work has been widely published in journals such as Journal of Management, Organization Science, and Harvard Business Review, among others. She is active in professional organizations and sits on the executive board of the regional Society of Human Resource Management and the Careers Division of the Academy of Management.


    Join us and bring other hiring managers in your organization!

    Thank you to our February Sponsor:



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