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Discusses new results on measuring career readiness of undergraduate students and how job candidate past performance and reference-checking method impacted reference compliance

Berwyn, PA – March 27, 2019 – SkillSurvey, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions that help organizations hire with faster, more reliable insights, announced today that members of its Analytics Team are presenting results of two new research studies, one on college student career readiness and the other on factors impacting a job reference’s willingness to respond to reference requests at the Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

The conference takes place April 4-6, 2019, at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center, National Harbor, Maryland. This year marks the team’s 14th presentation to be accepted at the conference and the third symposium it will co-chair.

“Our continued participation and acceptance at the prestigious SIOP conference highlights the scientific research and integrity behind SkillSurvey’s solutions that is unmatched ‘by any other provider of online reference checking,” said Ray Bixler, President and CEO of SkillSurvey. “We rigorously study and test that feedback provided by others within our solution is job related and predictive of on-the-job success.”

“It’s very exciting to present this new study that validates our online reference-checking solution and provides more insights as to why references may or may not respond to requests.” Said Dr. Cynthia Hedricks, Chief Analytics Officer at SkillSurvey. “We’re also very proud to share new data from the Career Readiness Program that we’ve launched in conjunction with the NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition to create a consistent method that will allow institutions to compare and evaluate a college student’s job-related competencies.”

Session information:

Friday, April 5, 12-12:50pm Prince George’s Exhibit Hall D

Will They or Won’t They? Factors Affecting Compliance With Reference Check Requests This study examined factors affecting compliance of potential reference providers with reference check requests. A quasi-experimental scenario was used to assess the impact of candidate job performance, relationship to candidate, and method of providing the employment reference on hypothetical compliance. Results indicated that performance and method impact reference compliance.

Dr. Disha D. Rupayana and Dr. Cynthia A. Hedricks, SkillSurvey, Inc.; Peter A. Fisher and Dr. Chet Robie, Wilfrid Laurier University

Saturday, April 6, 1:30-2:20pm Chesapeake J-L

Symposium/Forum: The Road to Work: Understanding College-to-Career Transitions

All adult workers face the experience of school-to-work transition, yet our understanding of this process remains incomplete. The symposium addresses key topics relevant to the study of such transitions. Dr. Cynthia A. Hedricks and Dr. Disha D. Rupayana, SkillSurvey, Inc., and Matthew Brink, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) will present Career Readiness: Feedback from Supervisors and Coworkers of College Interns which discusses evaluations of over 2,700 students currently attending one of 42 institutions.

About SkillSurvey®

SkillSurvey applies the science of human behavior and smart technology to create a fuller picture of the people our customers engage. SkillSurvey solutions help employers save time and money, grow revenues, and bring the right employees onboard faster; and help students and higher education institutions gain insight about individual skills and career readiness. SkillSurvey Reference® is proven to reduce first-year turnover for cause and uncovers behavioral competence; SkillSurvey Source® offers new ways to build a pipeline of talent; SkillSurvey Credential OnDemand® helps healthcare organizations onboard skilled practitioners faster with digital peer referencing. We serve more than 2,000 companies, institutions & organizations. Our 11,000 users are connecting with hundreds of thousands of job candidates, references, students, evaluators and peers each month. Visit SkillSurvey at, and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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