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Danger Evaluate for SHRM & HRCI

Welcome to the HR Certification Podcast, a podcast for HR leaders working in the direction of their human assets certification with HRCI and SHRM. Be a part of host Jessica Miller-Merrell, founding father of and HR certification prep program, Ace The HR Examination as she shares research ideas, examination insights, and topical overview for HR exams, together with the aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, and SHRM-SCP. Now right here’s Jessica with this episode of the HR Certification Podcast.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:00:38.79] Hello, and welcome to the HR Certification Podcast. I’m your host, Jessica Miller-Merrell, and I’m so excited to have you ever right here. My mission, ardour, and goal is elevating the human assets trade and within the HR Certification Podcast, that’s what we’re listening to proper right here, I assist HR leaders of their private {and professional} growth. Now we’re solely targeted on HR certification for SHRM and HRCI exams. That’s it. That’s what we do right here. Now, this podcast is powered by Workology. That’s the identify of my neighborhood, my vacation spot. We’ve got HR certification prep programs and assets. For those who’re fascinated with studying extra about these, you may go to That’s the place to go. Or you may go to the podcast, So earlier than I dive into right this moment’s podcast subject, I wish to hear from you. Please textual content me. Textual content the phrase “HR CERTIFICATION” to 512-548-3005. Ask me questions. Depart feedback, make options for future matters for the HR Certification Podcast. That is my neighborhood textual content quantity and I wish to hear from you. So on this episode and it actually in each episode, however I cowl info and assets that can assist you along with your HR certification exams. That’s SHRM and HRCI. This podcast is designed to be quick and to the purpose. I do know that we’re busy. I need you to get your overview in and transfer on. The HR Certification Podcast is split into totally different segments. Now, in every episode we’ll handle a standard query or HR topical space that’s necessary to you in passing your HR certification examination. So we may also overview a glossary time period and we’ll stroll via an HR certification examination query collectively. It’s lots of enjoyable. It strikes quick and it’s action-packed. Once more, these podcasts are designed for the SHRM and HRCI exams and people embrace the aPHR, the PHR, the SPHR, the SHRM-CP, and final however not least, the SHRM-SCP. Within the transcript notes of every podcast, I may also share advisable assets and data designed to help you in your HR certification overview, and people can be found at You too can go to You’ll get there too. However is the place to go.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:03:31.83] So on this particular episode, we’re speaking in regards to the subject of danger for SHRM and HRCI exams. Let’s begin with HRCI. With the PHR, the subject of danger goes to observe fall into the realm of well being, security and safety. This competency space accounts for simply 5% of your general examination, so danger is a really small quantity. I nonetheless suppose it’s best to have a well-rounded kind of data base, but it surely’s a small proportion. For the PHR, danger falls into enterprise administration and worker and labor relations. So we consider the chance in HR class is most typical in employment and labor relations. And this additionally has essentially the most content material for the PHR. Worker and labor relations accounts for 39%, sure, 39% of the overall examination. So because of this the subject of danger is a crucial sub-competency so that you can find out about with the S, sorry for the PHR. Now for the SPHR, danger falls beneath management and technique. That’s that portion of the SPHR examination. That is additionally a big proportion. It’s 40% of the overall examination. It’s important.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:04:47.11] Transferring on to SHRM, each exams, the subject of danger falls beneath the workforce competency, and that’s beneath the HR data umbrella. That is an space the subject of danger that’s rising in significance, particularly once we consider danger mitigation. I imply, we have been in a pandemic in any case. I really feel like lots of our job was danger mitigation as our roles change. Transferring into HR, much more of our roles and obligations are strategic and I believe we’re transferring into that area. So danger is much more necessary. I’m pondering of this from the standpoint of the position of synthetic intelligence, significantly in bots that are rising in use. They supply assets and data to our staff. They’re answering basic-level questions they usually present a primary HR data base, proper? Consider like questions widespread staff utilizing like an AI chatbot the place they could ask for the placement of sure paperwork. As a substitute of swinging by your workplace, they could ask for a journey expense report, perhaps an FMLA request type, or they could have details about insurance policies like the corporate’s PTO coverage or break day insurance policies, perhaps additionally for maternity or paternity go away. So danger is necessary. I’m leaving out for the SHRM dialog right here particular percentages of examination content material. You may discover that. And that’s as a result of the SHRM examination, as I’m recording this for 2023, a number of weeks in the past, they took down their new 2023 physique of utilized abilities and data. It’s been performed for about three weeks. I’m ready for them to republish. They’re displaying the BASK for 2023 as 2022. I don’t know precisely what’s happening. Possibly they’re making some small tweaks or adjustments, however in case you’re in search of the latest replace with the physique of aplied abilities and data or the BoCK, the place to go is You’re going to click on on the HR certification hyperlink and it’s going to take you to all of the assets. I can be updating these there and it will assist you with the SHRM-CP, the SHRM-SCP, the aPHR, the PHR, and the SPHR. All of the certifications that we offer HR certification prep help in.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:07:01.45] So let’s go forward and transfer into our phase that’s overview matters in your danger facet of your HR certification exams. That is SHRM and HRCI. So we’re transferring into this phase. I’m going to be speaking about some necessary matters associated to danger this space of focus for each exams, SHRM and HRCI. In spite of everything, danger overview. That is the main target of this explicit podcast episode and I’ve already talked about why that is necessary and the way seemingly it’s on the examination. So and in addition the classes of the place this stuff are positioned for you. So I would love you to have a hearken to a previous overview sequence I did some time again the place I mentioned two totally different danger matters. These are extremely necessary. So we’re going to speak about validity and the varieties of danger evaluation. So hear in and luxuriate in.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:07:59.65] That is a part of the physique of data. It’s additionally necessary in our every day lives as HR professionals. So I’m going to be speaking about what you must know concerning validity, the way to apply it in our jobs, and what you must know to have the ability to cross the take a look at. You probably have a query associated to validity in your HRCI or SHRM certification exams, the three varieties of validity we’re going to be speaking about right this moment are criterion, content material, and assemble. I wish to return to validity and reliability. Let’s take into consideration that. So years in the past I labored with my OD crew and we created a gross sales evaluation for my inside gross sales reps. I wished to ensure that this take a look at was dependable, that it was reliable, that when anyone took this evaluation, it will display their efficiency. It wanted to be trusted as a part of my new rent course of for evaluation, I wished to ensure that that particular person might do what they mentioned they might do and that the take a look at was reliable. It was dependable. The second piece is validity. I wished to verify the questions that have been answered and requested and the take a look at itself was legitimate. Did it do what it mentioned it will do? Was it testing the best issues that indicated that my gross sales crew was going to be a high performer? Had been these associated to the job for telephone gross sales? We had them. We requested questions associated to a telephone gross sales form of world. We ask them questions and we validated this research by having our performers, our total inside gross sales crew take this take a look at a number of instances in order that we might guarantee we overlap their efficiency to see is that this take a look at legitimate? Will it work and is it reliable?

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:09:54.73] Criterion-related validation that’s our first one. It’s a mouthful. Standards-related validation. This says that if somebody performs on the take a look at, there’s a statistical correlation. So get out your statistics out proper now. There’s a correlation that claims if somebody performs X on this take a look at, their efficiency can be Y. For instance, in our gross sales roles, when anyone scored excessive on this evaluation, they have been a excessive performer. In the event that they scored low on the evaluation, they have been a low gross sales performer. Now, if we receive this info in the course of the take a look at, if we receive the criterion in the course of the take a look at, that is referred to as concurrent validity. If we receive the criterion at a later date, it’s referred to as predictive validity. So take into consideration, suppose again to an evaluation or a hiring take a look at or a scenario that you just encountered and work via an instance of how this criterion-related validity will be just right for you. In content-related validation, now we have to point out that the questions on the take a look at are associated to particular behaviors within the job. So, for instance, in my gross sales evaluation, if I used to be asking them questions associated to perhaps working a forklift and the evaluation or the take a look at decided whether or not or not they’d get the job, that isn’t content-related validity. The questions that I used to be asking about forklift use for a gross sales position aren’t legitimate to the job, so now we have to ensure that our questions as a part of this evaluation are associated to the job. And that is a crucial half once we’re creating a hiring or employment evaluation. Content material-related validity. That must be associated to the job at hand.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:12:03.07] Assemble-related validation is necessary and is the third a part of our sequence right here. This wants to check necessary traits, so it wants to have the ability to display in your evaluation or take a look at that the questions requested and the data gathered on this evaluation is said to a selected attribute that’s wanted within the job. For those who want anyone that’s a multitasker or has “stick-to-it-iveness”, must ensure that the take a look at questions, the evaluation questions you ask, display that attribute and we will show that these traits are wanted with the intention to carry out an inside gross sales job. Employers that use checks in employment ought to look to the Equal Employment Alternative Fee’s tips on number of using hiring procedures. Some nice assets there for you. Validity is necessary. So discovering hiring, validity and doing testing is crucial, particularly for adversarial motion.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:13:08.93] There may be a lot software that you need to use in right this moment’s world, in right this moment’s enterprise world, in your life with regards to SWOT evaluation and the Pestel evaluation. So SWOT evaluation is a kind of danger evaluation that stands for strengths, weaknesses, alternatives and threats. Each is form of a bunch brainstorming exercise. So that you may sit down with your loved ones and speak about your SWOT evaluation for a choice perhaps to attempt to go to Disney World throughout COVID 19. I might encourage you, as you’re occupied with your examination, to take a seat down and conduct a SWOT evaluation for your self with regards to analyzing your degree of experience in numerous areas which might be seemingly going to be on the examination. So to start with, you’re going to ask your self while you’re occupied with taking your HRCI or SHRM exams, what are your strengths? What issues are you actually nice with? You don’t have to spend so much of time. You wish to analyze these issues that you just’re not going to have to spend so much of time finding out for. These are your strengths. Relating to your weaknesses, you’re going to do an evaluation, and which means wanting on the issues that you just’re weak on that you just want extra time to overview for no matter examination you select to take. The opposite space is alternatives. What are issues that you just really feel like? It’s one thing that you might capitalize on. Possibly it’s an space that you could construct upon or it’s an space that you might actually leverage on time. It might be profiting from issues like drive time. Possibly you’re spending lots of time within the automotive and also you wish to reap the benefits of these moments utilizing audio classes to actually assist elevate and help your studying. The T stands for threats. What are issues which might be going to get in the best way or maintain me from passing the examination? It might be real-life conditions which might be experiencing, like when you’ve got children, digital education, perhaps disaster at work, not having help of your supervisor, out of your supervisor. These are all very actual threats. SWOT evaluation isn’t usually a proper subject or danger evaluation that we do. I really feel like we do it each single day, but it surely’s one thing that it’s best to sit down along with your crew or a bunch of people and speak about your strengths, weaknesses, alternatives, and threats in particular areas. Or in case you’re seeking to obtain or meet a sure aim or one thing like passing your HR certification examination. One factor to consider with SWOT evaluation is you’re analyzing inner versus exterior danger. That is very totally different than our second sort of danger evaluation, which is known as PESTLE. And PESTLE stands for political, financial, social, technological, authorized, and environmental danger. I’m going to stroll via these six questions and what each you must ask your self while you’re occupied with these six areas.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:16:14.55] As a refresher, PESTLE stands for political, financial, social, technological, authorized and environmental. I keep in mind that environmental is the second E as a result of the V in environmental falls additional down the alphabet than the C and financial. So some questions that we wish to ask ourselves once we’re conducting this exterior danger evaluation with PESTEL, we wish to ask about political conditions, what’s happening within the nation or a part of the globe or the town or city that we’re occupied with perhaps constructing a brand new enterprise in or a launching a brand new firm, hiring staff for no matter it’s. That’s query one. Politics. What is going on there? For instance, proper now you is likely to be occupied with how the election will influence any future adjustments or new enhancements or merchandise you is likely to be launching in 2021. The following is financial. What’s occurring on the planet? Covid is an enormous concern and one thing that we’re occupied with is the economic system. Are individuals prepared to purchase into new services or products? That is one thing that you must assess while you’re occupied with PESTEL. Subsequent is societal, social, what’s occurring socially on the planet? The place are individuals? What’s within the information? What varieties of issues are necessary within the metropolis, city, nation or space that you just’re occupied with launching this services or products? Don’t neglect to consider industries. That is extraordinarily necessary as effectively. Any societal or social norms which might be occurring in a specific trade or space that you just’re specializing in. Subsequent is technological. Are there any new enhancements or adjustments or issues occurring which might be going to vary or perhaps trigger hurt or are roadblocks to launching a brand new services or products? Subsequent is authorized. Is the world altering with authorized? Sure. And I believe that’s one thing that we’re occupied with each day as HR professionals. What sorts of issues are coming are occurring or authorized encounters may we be going through? Lastly, is the environmental issue. How does this improve, damage, or assist our surroundings? And how much dangers or challenges is likely to be related to that? These are all belongings you wish to ask your self while you’re conducting a PESTEL.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:18:40.95] All proper. I hope you loved that fast overview. These are a number of the matters that we cowl in our overview content material. I love to do the quick type video overview in addition to lengthy type. In our Ace The HR Examination course, now we have over 60 hours of overview and that is all organized by subject. I’m excited to share that now we have a brand new month-to-month subscription for Ace The HR Examination, so you may get entry to the 60+ hours of overview and counting, plus over 1200 take a look at questions. These are additionally organized by competency and subject, in addition to short-form video, long-form video, lecture content material. I even have a complete host of digital downloads and different assets that you could entry as a part of the course. It’s $49.99 monthly and you may go to, seize this deal. It’s new, it’s thrilling and I like bringing new methods so that you can research.

Break: [00:19:40.41] I do know that was a quick overview, so let’s take a reset whereas we transfer into our subsequent phase right here on the HR Certification Podcast, which is powered by Workology. I’m your host, Jessica Miller-Merrell. Good to fulfill you. Workology additionally presents HR certification prep programs and assets. We do prep programs for HRCI and SHRM certification in addition to recertification choices. To be taught extra about our prep programs and assets for HR Certification and recertification, go to It’s the place to go. Workology presents quite a lot of prep assets, together with bodily merchandise like flashcards. I’ve take a look at query flashcards and research guides together with my favourite course ACE the HR examination the place we assist all several types of learners have the next cross fee, research much less and get extra in much less time so it’s accessible to you wherever and at any time when you’re. Our digital programs are all the time on demand and are additionally accessible by way of our very personal Workology app, which is accessible for Android and in addition Apple iOS. Now earlier than we get again, I wish to hear from you. You’ll be able to textual content the phrases “HR CERTIFICATION” to 512-548-3005. Ask me questions, go away feedback, make options for future matters for the HR Certification Prep Podcast. I wish to hear from you. That is my neighborhood textual content quantity and this content material is barely as related. As if it really works for you. So when you’ve got a suggestion, let me know.

HR Glossary Time period(s) – Danger Switch

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:21:18.49] Transferring on. We’re transferring into the phase. It’s certainly one of my favorites on the HR Certification Podcast, the place we’re reviewing and HR glossary time period. And we do that for each single podcast episode. These phrases are all human assets, phrases and definitions which might be lined within the data base, whether or not you’re a SHRM or an HRCI examination. I like all my certifications, I actually do. So with regards to changing into acquainted with these HR phrases which might be a part of both examination, SHRM or HRCI, it’s necessary so that you can overview them repeatedly and utilizing totally different studying types, alternative ways of studying. This is likely one of the causes that I created Ace The HR Examination, our signature prep course, as a result of now we have audio classes, now we have quick movies, now we have long-form movies. I encourage notetaking, digital flashcards, bodily and digital downloads, and extra. It’s so necessary to fluctuate the way you be taught. I’ll encourage you to deal with a single subject or subject material space. That is actually important to our course. It helps you actually hone in on one space as an alternative of making an attempt to overview the entire ebook and like two weeks deal with one space, grasp that space after which you may transfer on to issues which might be nonetheless necessary however much less more likely to be on the examination. I need you to deal with issues which might be the most important alternative for you and are more than likely to be on the examination. That is actually the guts of the construction of our overview programs.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:22:55.71] Let’s go forward and transfer into that HR glossary time period overview for this episode. For this time period, I’m going to start out by mentioning the time period and a brief description. Are you prepared? Immediately, we’re going to deal with a single time period and I’m going to repeat that three totally different instances for you. And this falls into our danger umbrella. So I’m retaining it easy. It’s form of all in the identical household. Immediately’s time period is danger switch. Now, danger switch is a danger administration and management technique, and this includes the contractual shifting of a pure danger from one get together to a different. One instance is the acquisition of an insurance coverage coverage by which a specified danger of loss is handed from the policyholder to the insurer. That’s danger switch. Once more, danger switch is a danger administration and management technique. That includes the contractual shifting of a pure danger from one get together to a different. One instance is the acquisition of an insurance coverage coverage by which a specified danger of loss is handed from the policyholder to the insurer. So that’s danger switch.

HR Take a look at Query Evaluate for SHRM and HRCI Certification Exams 

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:24:29.99] I’m now going to maneuver to, actually, my favourite phase of the HR Certification podcast the place we overview an HR take a look at query. It’s so necessary to overview as many take a look at questions as doable. We do one for each single episode, return to and seize all of the episodes to overview. These take a look at questions are lined beneath SHRM and HRCI. I like all my certifications. We cowl the broad data base right here, so return and overview these. However earlier than I share the take a look at query, I wish to offer you a fast overview of our HR take a look at query framework. Extra about this info is accessible on the Workology YouTube channel, and I’m going to hyperlink to that within the video present notes so you may go to the transcript of this podcast over at, click on on into the particular episode, and I’ve all the data that I’ve talked about right here. So listed below are the 5 steps of that HR take a look at query framework. The first step is to learn every query slowly and concisely. Two is to determine the HR competency that the query is being requested about. Three is to remove mistaken solutions. Don’t even take into consideration them anymore. Step 4 is WWSD or WWHD. That’s What Would SHRM Do or What Would HRCI Do. Take into consideration SHRM or HRCI, image an individual writing that take a look at query and choose the best reply. Which one would SHRM or HRCI decide. And step 5 is go along with your intestine. All the time reply each single take a look at query. Simply go along with your intestine in case you’re nonetheless uncertain.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:26:06.44] Let’s get to this episode’s featured HR certification examination take a look at query. All proper. Are you prepared? I’m going to learn this twice. Query: By which sort of workforce is entitlement tradition acceptable? Is it A) One which has a line of sight to retirement. B) One which continues to point out productiveness. Productiveness will increase, one which continues to point out productiveness will increase. C) One which has a ability set that’s in excessive demand. Or D) One that’s extremely aggressive and accomplished every day, every day. Okay. I’m going to return and browse this query once more. And I’m doing it gradual as a result of I need you to suppose via this and we’ll overview the query and the choices once more. So the query is:

By which sort of workforce is entitlement tradition acceptable?

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:27:21.37] Our choices are:

A) One which has a line of sight to retirement.

B) One which continues to point out productiveness.

C) One which has a ability set that’s in excessive demand.

D) one that’s extremely aggressive and finishing every day assignments.

Jessica Miller-Merrell: [00:27:53.98] What do you suppose? Drum roll, please. The right reply is B) One which continues to point out productiveness will increase, that’s entitlement tradition. So in case you received this query mistaken, don’t fear. That’s why we observe, to get higher. Make an observation for your self, perhaps on a few of what we talked about and write it down. After which when you might have time, undergo your assets to overview. I recommend including this into your every day overview. I do have extra take a look at questions and you may entry them in our take a look at query financial institution, now we have 25 free take a look at questions. Head on over to That’s Or in case you’re such as you bought me, I like this. Head on over to You’ll be able to seize our course and get entry to all our assets together with the 1200 take a look at questions.

Closing: [00:28:56.53] HR certification for me is such an necessary step in your profession and that’s for everybody, whether or not you’re seeking to enhance your air data base. If you wish to acquire credibility in your subject and even on the workplace and to not point out enhance your earnings potential. Most significantly, show to your self that you just need to be right here. I do know you do. You do. So collectively, let’s elevate the HR career. That’s the reason I’m right here. Thanks for becoming a member of me on this episode of the HR Certification Podcast. If we haven’t met, my identify is Jessica Miller-Merrell and I assist HR leaders ace their HR certification exams. I like this. For this reason I do it. Then, let me do the identical for you. Workology presents a bunch of programs and assets that can assist you ace your HR certification exams. We work with SHRM and HRCI. There’s totally different programs for every of the certifying our bodies. Go to HR Certification Podcast to be taught extra about how we assist HR certification prep, and we do this for the aPHR, the PHR, the SPHR, the SHRM-CP, and the SHRM-SCP exams. Thanks a lot for becoming a member of us. However when you’ve got questions or options, perhaps you’re like, I’ve a burning query. I need you to cowl this info for an additional episode of the HR Certification Podcast. I received you. Please ship me a textual content. Textual content the phrase “HR CERTIFICATION,” I’m utilizing air quotes, “HR CERTIFICATION” to this telephone quantity: 512-548-3005. That is my neighborhood textual content quantity. I wish to hear from you. Thanks a lot in your time right this moment. And we’ll see you on the following episode of the HR Certification Podcast.



– HR Certification Quiz 

– Workology on Youtube | HR Take a look at Query Framework

 – Workology on Youtube | What’s a Passing Rating on the SHRM and HRCI Exams 

– HR Certification: SHRM and HRCI 

– HR Certification Podcast Episode 0: Deciding Between aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Exams

– HR Certification Podcast Episode 1: How one can Examine in your HRCI and SHRM Exams

 – HR Certification Podcast Episode 2: Reviewing Enterprise and Technique

– HR Certification Podcast Episode 3: Answering HRCI and SHRM Take a look at Questions

– Workology Podcast | Ep 161 – The Worth of HR Certification: #HRCI or #SHRM?

– Workology Podcast | Ep 210 – How one can Ace Your HR Certification Examination

– Workology Podcast | Episode 262: Take a look at-Taking Methods for HRCI and SHRM Certification

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