Thursday, April 18, 2013

eHarmony moves from dating to job matches ???

Remember last November 12, 2008? "MBAinteract, Inc., the leading professional network for MBA students, alumni, and employers, today announced that Dr. J. Galen Buckwalter was elected to MBAinteract's board of directors. Dr. Buckwalter has previously served on MBAinteract's Advisory Board. He has extensive experience in personality matching through working as the Chief Scientist at eHarmony, Inc. and through authoring more than 100 papers in the fields of psychology, neuropsychology and health services."

MBAinteract was a failed start up to match employers with people holding a MBA and looking for a new job.

Now eHarmony moves from dating to job matches  ????

Remember eHarmony uses a Compatibility Matching Algorithm based on personality similarity with the Big5 normative personality test and Dyadic Adjustment Scale (invented by Dr. Graham B. Spanier in 1976) as its core. The Guided Communication Process (a mutual filtering step) is an appendix of its main matching algorithm. eHarmony is not "scientifically proven" because eHarmony Labs could not prove eHarmony’s matching algorithm can match prospective partners who will have more stable and satisfying relationships -and very low divorce rates- than couples matched by chance, astrological destiny, personal preferences, searching on one’s own, or other technique as the control group in a peer reviewed Scientific Paper.


John and Ronda Hunter written last July 1984 "Validity and utility of alternative predictors of job performance. Psychological Bulletin, No. 96, pp. 72-98" (old but still valid paper) and found that psychological testing is a better predictor of job performance than any other single measure. Psychological tests have a validity coefficient of 0.53, analysis of information provided by the curriculum: 0.37, checking references 0.26, the level of education attained: 0.22 and 0.14 only for the job interview! 
As for matching job seekers with employers, the best predictor of job performance is always: personality!!!
See paper: "Workers Behaving Badly: Personality at Age 18 Predicts Workplace Deviance at Age 32" by Dr. Kimdy Le

That is nothing new, plenty of firms can match jobs with candidates using personality tests.

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