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Seeing Behind the Job Applicant's Mask Before You Hire


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Dr. Ken Byrne has been in full-time independent practice asa corporate psychologist since 1979. His clients have rangedfrom large multinationals to small businesses. Over the last fortyyears, he has personally evaluated more than three thousand jobapplicants ranging from candidates for CEO and other senior executiveroles, middle management, technical roles and entry levelstaff.In the mid-1980s, Dr. Byrne became interested in the selectionchallenges faced by public safety groups, such as police, firebrigades, ambulance, corrective services, and other similar organizations.This led to his developing a personality questionnairedesigned specifically for public safety applicants. This allowed clientsto screen large groups of people and then to use an empiricallyderived formula to rate the level of risk each applicant posed.Candidates the agency decided to advance to interview were furtherscreened with a highly specialized series of interview tools.In about 2005, Dr. Byrne became interested in the screening ofpeople to work in aged care and disability services. This led him todevelop a brief personality screening test and interview guides forapplicants to these critical roles.Dr. Byrne has also headed several research studies to validateand norm each of these specialized screening tools. This resultedin publication of numerous long-term follow-up studies of peoplewho had been screened, comparing them to groups hired withoutthis specialized assessment.His experience and expertise in evaluating candidates has ledto him being indirectly involved in hiring decisions of thousandsof other people in the broad public safety area.Dr. Byrne completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees inClinical Psychology and earned a Doctor of Psychology degreefrom Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He started incorporate psychology with the Hay Group in their Philadelphiahead office before beginning his private consulting practice.Dr. Byrne is well known for his lively, entertaining and informativetalks and training seminars.He can be contacted at www.drkenbyrne.com


Ken Byrne has provided a Rosetta Stone that clarifies the seemingly complex hieroglyphics of hiring the best candidate. A practical guide. Easy to read. An indispensable tool that will improve hiring decisions. Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. The Milton H, Erickson Foundation.My boutique accounting company has had the pleasure and the benefit of working with Dr Ken Byrne since the 1980s. Ours is a service organisation, wholly based on client relationships.I am delighted that Ken has distilled the essence of his hiring philosophy into this no-nonsense volume. The early sections on leadership are especially powerful; I could almost hear Steve Jobs as I was reading the material. Our experience is that people looking for a job are not to be confused with people sincerely wishing to follow a career or a vocation. We have had quite a few smart people who have been more focused on their own careers, but have been half-hearted in their motivation to help clients. What is paramount is the desire to do a good job for clients; Ken's book points us in the right direction here. George Dingli, Chartered Accountant If you are looking for sound, practical advice on the most important decision you can make as an owner or a manager of a business - how to make good hiring decisions - this book provides it. Ken has shared a lifetime of learning on this subject to save readers making the mistakes that most people make when hiring. Easy and interesting to read and even easier to successfully apply. Michael Ryan Managing Director

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