Theta, the cut-e Award for Person-Job-Fit Innovation, is being launched by cut-e, world leader in online assessment innovation. Theta is an international competition to recognize outstanding innovation in the area of improved person-job-fit. Submissions can be made from any discipline, from companies, universities, start-ups or by students. The submissions will be rated by an independent jury. The selected winner is awarded a five thousand Euro prize in September. The submission phase runs from 1st April to 31st May 2013.

The world of Industrial/Organizational Psychology lost one of its luminaries this past week.  Dr. Irwin Goldstein passed away last week.  He was also part of the TTS team as academic adviser and principal consultant. He was a friend and inspiration to many within and outside of our field. His friendship and professional contributions will be sorely missed, but the memory and proud legacy of his academic rigor and keen insight into organizational issues will remain forever.

Large projects that involve selecting volumes of candidates, such as graduate recruitment, present their own challenges. Generating valid, reliable and useful information in order to make selection decisions is often costly and time consuming. A major challenge is the process of matching large numbers of candidate’s behavioural profiles to the role in mind, and then comparing these candidates with one another.

Professor Peter Saville BA, MPhil, PhD, HonFBPsS, CPsychol, CSci, Academic FCIPD, FRSA, founder and Chair of the Talent Management Group Saville Consulting, has joined a select group of eminent psychologists in being awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the British Psychological Society (BPS) at the Society’s AGM in London on June 15th 2012.

Honorary Fellowship has been awarded to only some thirty Psychologists worldwide for their pioneering and influential services to the discipline of psychology.

During the resent Fairness Conference presented by UNISA and TTS-Top Talent Solutions Dr. Outtz discussed innovations in selection practices. He spoke about bridge testing, Apprenticeship Qualifications Form, AQF, and the Job Perception Index, JPI.

He started by discussing the Apprenticeship Qualifications Form, AQF. The AQF is designed to provide a way for candidates to present information about their background. The information that they present may increase their chances of passing the written test. An applicant who fails the second phase of the written test, but whose score is near the required passing score, is allowed to earn additional points based on the information on his or her AQF. Scores near the required passing score are considered to be within, what Dr. Outtz termed as, the “Zone of Consideration,” ZOC. Each point earned from the AQF is equivalent to one‐tenth of a point on the Phase II written test.

The esteemed Prof. Wayne Cascio spoke at the UNISA and TTS – Top Talent Solutions Fairness Conference about personnel decisions: Are economic and social objectives incompatible. He made reference to the first South African conference on fairness in 1991 on employment where fax machines were used as communication tools.

Prof. Cascio then proceeded to say that in relation to Human Resources, HR, and I/O Psychology issues, the United States had three decades of Equal Employment Opportunity experience and a realization that HR does not have all the answers.