Upcoming Events

    • 09/25/2019
    • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
    • McCormick & Schmick's Crystal City

    Is there any value in post-exam surveys?

    Mark A. Smith, Ph.D. (SHRM)


    • Food and wine included on-site.
    • Email questions for the presenters to vp.ptcmw@gmail.com by 12pm ET the day before.
    • Please register for the event no later than 5pm ET the day before.
    Location: McCormick & Schmick's Crystal City
    • Crystal City Shops, 2010 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
    • Metro Access and Parking Available (map)


    In many high-stakes testing programs, including the SHRM certification exams, post-exam surveys are used.  These are opportunities to ask examinees about their feedback, opinions, and behaviors in the testing process.  However, there are reasons to be skeptical about the results due to the situation in which the questions are asked.  SHRM has conducted some interesting research using this type of data, which include surprising findings about the examinees, their preparation, and potential validity results. Nevertheless, questions about the true meaning of data collected in this situation (after an exhausting exam but before the results are known) remain.

    Speaker Bio: 

    Mark Smith, Ph.D.is a respected practitioner in I/O Psychology with over 15 years of experience.  His primary areas of expertise involve test development and validation, individual assessment, and management development.  He joined SHRM in 2018 after spending most of his career in a consulting role where he worked with all levels of employees (from hourly rate to executive level).  He is now the Director of Exam Development for the SHRM Certification team.  Mark holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida.  He has authored professional publications and presented numerous papers and symposia at professional meetings.  He is a member of SIOP, and he has also served as President, Treasurer and Board Member of the Houston Association for I/O Psychology.

    Free Webcasts for Students

    Students will need a registration code to sign up for the free webcasts. Please email the Secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com) using your student email address to receive the code. 

    • 10/10/2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 10/14/2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Thursday @ GWU Foggy Bottom Campus; Monday @ Aon
    • 20

    Sponsored by:

    How does the Consulting Challenge work?

    1. The first 30 students to register will be able to participate (PTCMW membership not required). 
    2. Students will then be placed on one of 5 teams with students from other universities.
    3. Aon will present teams with an RFP that outlines a real organizational challenge.
    4. Teams will work together to develop a presentation and a two‐page executive summary of their technical approach.
    5. Aon representatives and expert I-Os will judge presentations and rate executive summaries.
    6. One team will win the challenge and be awarded with $1,000; prize structures vary for all other teams.

    For more details on the event, please visit the Consulting Challenge event page: http://www.ptcmw.org/scc.

    How do I sign up?

    1. Register online
    2. Upload CV/resume here: https://forms.gle/ctM5dX6613tH8DZ99

    You must register by October 9th to be a part of the event. 

    Why should you participate?

    • EXPERIENCE A REALISTIC JOB PREVIEW: Aon will present a real challenge organizations are currently facing in a realistic RFP (request for proposal) format. Students will present as if they were external consultants bidding on a consulting project. Solutions will be judged by expert practitioners based on theory, technical merit, and innovation.

    • EXPAND YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORKStudents currently enrolled in I-O and related programs will be assigned to a group made up of students with varying levels of expertise, knowledge, and from different programs. After students get assigned into teams, everyone is invited to connect with PTCMW board members at a happy hour in DC.

    • DEVELOP CONSULTING SKILLS: Teams will be responsible for building an effective team, developing products, and presenting results.

    • BUILD COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Each team will present to an independent panel of expert I-O judges and receive invaluable feedback.

    • WIN PRIZES: The winning team will receive $1,000, and the runner-up team will win $600. In addition, every participating team will receive free PTCMW student membership for each of their members for the year, and the top three teams will also win free admission to PTCMW’s 2019 Talent Connection & Networking Fall Event in November, where they will be recognized in front of 200 local I-O academics and practitioners. 

    Key Locations:
    Thursday 10/10: GWU Foggy Bottom Campus. Address provided to registrants via email. Networking happy hour to follow.

    Monday 10/14: Aon. Address provided to registrants via email.

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