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Panel Interview Support | Smith Hanley Associates

An efficiency method more and more companies are implementing is the panel interview. Multiple hiring managers and members of the staff get to hear the questions and answers put to the candidates. With the group already assembled, immediately after the interview they can debrief. Good for the company but requiring a higher level of skill… Read more »

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Cover Letter No Nos

Cover letters are going the way of the dinosaurs but they haven’t quite reached extinction yet. Be careful how you do them as they can be a minefield of mistakes. 1. Not doing a cover letter. Even though a study by author Tony Behara of 3000 hiring authorities found that 86% said cover letters are… Read more »

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Big Data Algorithms are Discriminatory

Just like the recent Presidential election showed us that just because the polls say so doesn’t make it true, the widespread belief that if it’s a math equation it must be objective isn’t holding up. Algorithms built on Big Data are written and revised by humans, and machine learning algorithms revise themselves based on people’s… Read more »

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We will know the real results tomorrow, but why are political polls getting such a bad rap in the last couple of years? It seems like everything comes down to technology and how it is changing our lives. In this case you can blame the change on mobile phones. Phone Use for Political Polls In… Read more »

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Credit Card Risk

Excessive subprime mortgage issuances were a fundamental cause of the 2008 economic crisis. Could excessive subprime credit card issuances lead us into another recession? Reuters reported that while big banks do not give clear figures on their profits from credit cards issued, “Executives say cards are among the most profitable of any business with returns… Read more »

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MSL Opportunities Will Grow by 20% in 2017

A 2015 survey by the Medical Science Liaison Society found 20% expected global MSL growth in the next one to two years. What’s driving this growth? 1. “KOLs (key opinion leaders) are demanding it,” says Dr. Samuel Dyer, CEO of the Medical Science Liaison Society. Today’s thought leaders are looking for detailed information as they… Read more »

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Interviewing Tips and Strategies | Smith Hanley Associates

You didn’t get the job offer. Why? Perhaps you did one of the ten no-no’s below. Use this checklist for easy things NOT TO DO on your next interview. 1. Fail to research the company. At a minimum review the backgrounds of the interviewers on LinkedIn BEFORE your interview day. Googling the company or reading… Read more »

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Increase for Workman's Compensation Policies

  “Unfortunately, the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling is not about safety or protecting workers. The effect of the Castellanos decision is to raise costs for no other reason than so plaintiff trial lawyers can raise fees, “ said Mark Wilson, the Florida Chamber of Commerce President. Rulings at the Florida Supreme Court in Castellanos versus… Read more »

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What was a pivotal statistic for pharma sales reps in 2015? According to a report put out by ZS Associates the number of physicians who limit in-person access to pharma sales reps crossed the halfway point in 2015, or 53% of doctors are closing the door to visiting reps. Why are physician’s doors closing? Integrated… Read more »

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Statistical Communication became critical when pharmaceutical companies recognized the need to include statisticians earlier in clinical trial design and trial strategy. The strict requirements of regulatory authorities for granting market access meant decisions made in the clinical trial design could help minimize the sample size of a single study or reduce the time needed for… Read more »