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Teachers' grades biased to more 'agreeable' pupils

A very interesting article from the BBC yesterday: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www-2Dbbc-2Dcom.cdn.ampproject.org_c_s_www.bbc.com_news_education-2D57178473.amp&d=DwIFAg&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=y-bmULcjy1hHGGGNFb7kUOhJzG-P_xQGtfZRPOWeNBTMm-DyUfgutEnC4Mm0jKfj&m=5CwLhhI6q7KyMZVJZu143kK2zi9ow4ia4VHoJB_iEx4&s=gFkq7Eq3egfgAieu55z4b-c-BwjsU3953Y5ZSfgDIYA&e= Bias based on subjective personality judgements is also apparent in workplace assessment, although being highly agreeable and emotionally responsive may not help a candidate in the same way as it does a student! (for example: https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6590&context=lkcsb_research).   Obviously assessing relevant personality traits via a scientifically strong and fit for purpose method is likely to be very helpful to your assessment process, but what about more subjective judgements of someone’s personality? Especially when those traits are not important to performance in the role but bias decision making? And even more so, what might be the impact of negative assessor views of emotionality if someone is suffering from assessment anxiety, or even anxiety more generally, especially given the pandemic? What personality biases have you noticed in assessment? What steps do you take to guard against these? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 
May 18, 2021

Are things really looking up for organisations who are hiring?

Personnel Today in a recent article, reports that organisations are optimistic about hiring for the first time in 8 years.  "UK employers are the most optimistic they have been in eight years about hiring, according to the quarterly Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD and Adecco. The net employment intentions balance, which measures the difference between the proportion of employers expecting to add jobs and those planning to cut them, was positive across all sectors, it found. It rose sharply to +27 for the second quarter of 2021, compared with +11 in the first quarter of the year. It was strongest in the private sector and the voluntary sector, at +28, while the public sector showed a positive intention of +22." If this is the case, how can we ensure our assessment processes are up to scratch to meet the new wave of recruitment? and also ensure a great candidate experience?  Read the full article here.

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