Motivating Your Business Students

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”
-Ken Blanchard

My husband is a middle school math teacher. He’s told me that one of his greatest struggles is motivating kids to learn – especially when Spring rolls around. He’s discovered three  ‘tools’ that help his students do their best. They are:

  1. Provide clear, consistent and encouraging feedback; they need to know how they’re doing and where to improve.
  2. Recognize and reward the students when they reach a goal – build them up!
  3. Have fun!

We’ve heard something similar from our business teachers as well. Several schools and vocational institutions use our OPAC Office Skills Testing software in their classrooms. In particular, they appreciate the OPAC Certification program and how it benefits and motivates their students.

Today we received an affirming email from Judy French, a vocational instructor with the Phoenix Job Corps. She said this about using OPAC:

“The Phoenix Job Corps has been using the OPAC Office Skills Testing Software since 2001. We love it! Everyone wants to get certified.  It makes business skills certification fun,  develops healthy competition among our students and improves their self-esteem. The software meets all the requirements of our training area and is very easy to administer. The OPAC team is quick in issuing our OPAC Certificates and prompt with skilled, friendly technical support. Good job Biddle!”

We love hearing from our clients and especially enjoy knowing that our software is making a difference. Thank you, Judy!

The OPAC Certificate:

OPAC Certification

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Pre-Employment Testing for the Whole Person

It’s crucial for managers to know the supreme value of their employees.
-Tony Robbins

Have you ever hired someone and later thought, “She has the skills but no follow through to get the job done”? Or perhaps this, “He can do the job well enough but just doesn’t seem to fit with our company”?3 assessments to test the whole person

We know, don’t we, that when we hire an individual we hire more than just their knowledge, skills and abilities. We’re also looking for their drive and initiative to get the job done along with how their personality fits within our company culture. We hire a whole person.

Fortunately, there are tools to test an applicant in these three areas before you hire. We offer such a tool with our OPAC & Encounter programs and partnership with Assess Systems. It’s a full featured 3-part testing solution that assesses the applicant’s:

  1. Can Do – Do they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for success?
  2. Will Do – Will they be inclined to utilize that knowledge, skill and ability?
  3. Fit – Will they not only fit into your organizations culture, but maybe even add to it?

Here’s how it looks…

Can Do

OPAC Testing Software, as you are already aware, is a leader in hard-skills clerical and administrative pre-employment testing software. OPAC’s validated tests answer the question, “Do they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for success?’

Will Do

ENCOUNTER is a leader in soft-skills situational judgment testing helping employers measure the interpersonal competence of their job applicants. It answers, “Will they be inclined to utilize that knowledge, skill and ability?”

Fit

Assess Systems saves organizations time and money with job-specific, research-validated assessments resulting in rapid, clear hiring recommendations that prioritize candidates according to their potential for success. Assess helps you answer “Will they it into our company culture? Will they add to it?”

Aspect Practical Definition Solution Measures
Can Do Does this applicant have the skills and abilities necessary for success in this position? What do they know and what can they do?  

OPAC

Hard Skills, specifically knowledge, skill and ability
Will Do Is this applicant likely to engage in a way that will be productive? How will this person respond to the rigors of your work environment?  

ENCOUNTER

Soft skills, situational judgment, interpersonal competence
Fit Is this applicant going to be a good addition to our existing team, adding to the chemistry that already exists? Who is the fundamental person behind this applicant?  

Assess Systems

Personality, behavior, attitude, propensity toward anger

So for your next round of hiring, if you want to hire the best and reduce employee turnover, then consider now how to assess the whole person.  If you’d like more information about our holistic pre-employment testing solution, contact the OPAC team and visit http://www.opac.com/testing-key-aspects today.

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10 Benefits of Using the OPAC Office Skills Testing Software

Larry Bossidy said, “I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.”


Larry Bossidy valued people.  During his career he was the CEO of General Electric, Allied Signal and Honeywell.  His experience taught him that hiring well made a difference to the success of his company.  The OPAC Office Skills Testing Software helps employers to hire the best people for the job. OPAC helps you to hire well.

Are you wondering whether or not the OPAC Office Skills Testing Software is for you?Ten OPAC Benefits

Here are 10 benefits:

  1. Automated: Automated testing saves valuable staff time. Since the OPAC System Testing Software tests are self-administered and automatically scored, just set up an applicant at a PC, and you’re on your way!
  2. Comprehensive: The OPAC System measures a wide range of essential PC and office skills, providing a complete and accurate evaluation of a candidate’s skills.
  3. Customization: Our innovative Test Writer features allows you to create your own custom tests, in a number of formats.
  4. Easy-to-Use: The software is intuitive for both administrators and candidates, with comprehensive manuals should you ever need additional direction.
  5. Flexible Test Selection: The Test Administrator module allows you to choose any combination of tests and time limits, so you can individualize your test administrations to specific candidates and positions.
  6. Unlimited Testing: Your purchase of an OPAC System Testing Software license allows for unlimited testing. There are no ‘per test’ charges.
  7. Validated: OPAC tests are created by industrial and organizational psychologists based upon information gathered from subject matter experts from around the nation. Most tests in OPAC are designed to mimic the tasks performed on the job, such as being able to use Microsoft Office programs to enter data, edit documents, manipulate spreadsheets, and create presentations. Those tests that do not mimic job tasks require the test taker to demonstrate the underlying knowledge, skill, and ability to succeed on the job.To help the employer address the validation requirements of the federal Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (1978) the OPAC System contains a built-in Validation Wizard feature. The feature was designed to help non-Equal Employment methodology experts validate any OPAC test. The Validation Wizard gives employers the capability to run a basic content-validation study and develop the most appropriate cutoff scores for the job as it is performed at your organization.
  8. Certification: OPAC Certification is a great tool and motivator for business educators and employers.
  9. Support: The OPAC team wants you to be successful in using the software. That means we’re available to you to answer questions, provide training, troubleshoot technical issues and provide resources. We’re committed to our clients.
  10. Biddle Consulting Group: OPAC is developed by Biddle Consulting Group (BCG). BCG has been around since 1974 and is the leading U.S. EEO Consulting firm with thousands of clients and experience in over 200 state, federal, and circuit court of appeals Title VII cases.

Try OPAC for yourself. Download the OPAC Demo today.

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