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A&O – Assessments, profiling, communicating and algorithms

Members of the Amsterdam Leadership Lab (VU) will lead a two hour discussion based on research, theory and practice.

Date and time

11 October 2024 from 14.00 – 17.00


HNK- building- NIP-office 2nd floor, Arthur van Schendelstraat 650 – Utrecht

In three short lectures we will discuss new insights on optimal recruitment and selection.

In the first lecture, Wendy Andrews will discuss the pre-recruitment stage (deciding on the requirements for a role they seek to fill) for management roles,. She will go into the importance of having a manager who has a style of leadership that fits with the context in which the manager will operates. She will illustrate the importance of leadership style fit using a tool (SALT) that was developed at the VU to help organizations understand what leadership style they need for a specific role.

In the second lecture, Bo Wang will discuss how organizations need to communicate to attract desirable candidates. He will discuss the consequences for organizations of hiring people low in HEXACO Honesty-Humility (HH) and discuss what makes an organization specifically attractive to these employees. He will present a tool (HOT-A) that organizations can use to understand how attractive they are for applicants who are low in HH.

In the third lecture, Marvin Neumann will discuss how best to use the information collected as part of the recruitment process to select the best candidate for a role. He will go into the importance of algorithms to support the decision-making process and how organizations can select an algorithm that suits their requirements.

As spaces are limited (max 25) participation is on a first come first serve basis.

The meetings and discussions will be held in English.

Wendy Andrews

Wendy Andrews (VU, Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Business Director Amsterdam Leadership Lab, ) will lead the discussion concerning the accurate profiling of the person(s) you want to attract for a job.
Wendy joined academia after a broad career in business. After obtaining a Master degree in Engineering and working for several years in commercial-engineering roles and as a business consultant, she obtained an MBA in general management from IESE Business School (Barcelona). She started her academic career with a Research Master in Organizational Behavior from London Business School and a PhD from the Center for Research on Self and Identity (University of Southampton, UK). She has published a range of articles on hierarchy, competition, leadership, and in/exclusion in groups and organizations. She currently works at VU Amsterdam as Assistant Professor in Organizational Psychology and Business Director of the Amsterdam Leadership Lab.

Bo Wang

Bo Wang (VU, researcher PhD candidate) is sharing his research on the various company cultures for people with high ethical standards. What does this mean for job advertisements? How do you attract the people you are looking for?
Bo is a PhD candidate and Research associate at VU Amsterdam. His research focuses on the joint influences of personality traits and organizational culture on job applicants’ or employees’ work attitudes (e.g., organizational attractiveness, job satisfaction) and behaviors (e.g., workplace deviance), and the influences of employees’ personality trait composition on the dynamics of organizational culture.

Marvin Neumann

Marvin Neumann (VU, assistant professor)  is researching the effectiveness of usings algorithms to decide between candidates.
Marvin currently works at the VU Amsterdam as an Assistant Professor in Organizational Psychology. He obtained his PhD from the University of Groningen. His research focuses on improving decision making in personnel and educational selection. He has published various articles on test use and decision making, and frequently advises organizations on how to use simple algorithms to improve selection decisions.

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