Upgrade to Nanny Personality Tests

April 23, 2013


Tomorrow  our nanny personality test partner, Criteria Corp,  will release an exciting upgrade to our  Employee Personality Profile (EPP) a part of our nanny personality testing platform.  The enhanced version of the EPP Test will be include the following enhancements:

12 traits instead of 10. In addition to the ten existing traits, we’ve added two new ones: Openness and Stability. These are two of the “Big Five” traits that will already be familiar to HireSelect users who use the Criteria Personality Inventory (CPI). Detailed descriptions of these traits are on the sample score report for the enhanced EPP.

Redesigned  score report. We updated the graphics and layout of the EPP score report to make it cleaner and more intuitive.

Job-specific benchmarks.  The most important improvement is that we’ve added a series of job-specific benchmarks to the EPP score report.  These benchmarks suggest how closely someone’s personality profile fits with each specific job.  Each benchmark includes suggested score ranges for 4-6 traits relevant to performance and job fit for a particular position.


Individuals are assigned a “job match” score for each position based on how closely their trait scores compare to the benchmark.  These benchmarks are based on composite profiles we created through validity studies and by analyzing hundreds of thousands of EPP results.  By clicking on the position for which a candidate is applying, we’ll get an indication of how closely a candidate’s personality profile matches the typical profile for people who are successful and comfortable in a given position.


We understand that choosing a nanny is the most important hiring decision a parent will ever make. Coupling our robust background check and vetting processes with scientific driven pre-employment testing allows client families to be completely confident and feel safe about their hiring decisions.  We are excited about this new upgrade as it further helps families increase their chances of hiring reliable, dedicated,  emotionally stable, and trustworthy employees.

The Crises in Higher Education

April 11, 2013

Created By: Education News

In May 2011, Peter Thiel—PayPal co-founder, venture capitalist, and a member of Facebook’s board of directors—predicted that higher education would be the next bubble to burst. According to Thiel, higher education in America bears the same markings as the technology and housing bubbles that preceded it: unbridled investment, wildly overvalued assets, and a lower rate of return than in years past. Like all economic bubbles, Thiel argues that higher education is destined for disaster. Thiel’s remarks have generated a great deal of controversy: comparing universities and colleges to commercial markets seems simply preposterous to some. The idea, however, resonates with economists. Like real estate and technology, higher education is a major investment; the average education at a 4-year private college costs well over $100,000 in total.

Any major market requiring substantial investment can be analyzed in a similar framework: economic bubbles form when an investment becomes dramatically overvalued, and then burst when this unsustainable pattern reaches critical mass. At that point, investors realize they have paid too much for too little. According to Thiel, most

middle-class parents in America aspire to send their children to college. The media frenzy surrounding the jobs crisis for recent graduates implies that a college degree may not generate the same economic returns it once did. Investors, whether they are private banks or government-based lending groups, may be wondering how much they have overvalued higher education in America. When viewed through this lens, the higher education market has all the makings of an economic bubble on the verge of collapse.

This presentation by Education News gives you a more in-depth look at the economic state of America’s higher education system. The data that economists have gathered—from skyrocketing tuition costs to the astonishing size of student loan debt—will tell you everything you need to know about this growing economic concern. Higher education may not be in a state of crisis yet, but it is an issue that deserves a closer look. Watch the video, read the infographics, and then decide for yourself: is higher education the next big bubble?

Light Vs. Deep Cleaning

April 2, 2013








House cleaning and housekeeping – they sound the same, but they’re actually two very different jobs. Are you looking for someone to clean the kitchen, scrub the toilets, make appliances shine, and launder and fold clothes for a family of 4 – all while caring for two children under age 2?   Chances are you’ll need a professional cleaning service rather than a nanny or house manager.

Typical light housekeeping duties may include:

  • Light cleaning (not deep cleaning), dusting, sweeping, mopping
  • Washing, folding and drying dishes
  • Changing bed linens and making beds
  • Separating and remove garbage and recycling
  • Restocking personal care products, toilet paper, etc.
  • Picking up toys and/or clutter and other general organizing
  • Running errands for the family
  • Preparing meals
  • Replacing light bulbs
  • Scooping litter boxes
  • Other light duties as requested

house cleaner is an individual or a team of cleaners who arrives on a scheduled day and time with all the proper cleaning supplies, products and equipment..

Typical deep cleaning duties of a house cleaner may include:

  • Deep cleaning most surfaces (countertops, sinks, tubs, toilets, floors, appliances, etc.)
  • Scrubbing and sanitizing kitchens from top to bottom, including the exterior of cabinets and drawers, exterior of appliances like stoves and refrigerators, countertops, sinks and drains, backsplashes, light switch plate covers, knobs and handles, vacuuming and mopping, cleaning tables and chairs
  • Scrubbing and sanitizing bathrooms from top to bottom, including toilets, tubs, showers, sinks and drain openings and polishing chrome
  • Dusting trim work, baseboards, doors, picture frames, light fixtures, etc.
  • Vacuuming upholstery and carpet
  • Vacuuming and mopping hard floors