Linda Greensfelder enjoys analyzing data, but it’s her background in clinical psychology that allows her to use data to help people further their professional development. She brings those skills and more to the EASI·Consult team as director of individual assessments.
Name: Linda Greensfelder
Title: Director, Individual Assessment
When and why did you join EASI·Consult?
I was introduced to EASI·Consult® in 1999 when Dave Smith (EASI·Consult’s CEO and president) won a contract with Amdocs to utilize online testing to assess more than 1,000 candidates for employment. At the time I was still engaged in clinical private practice but beginning to feel restless and open to new opportunities. I had always enjoyed the data integration aspect of assessment, and the Amdocs project allowed me to use my assessment skills in new ways. I enjoyed working with Dave’s team and the flexibility afforded by working with a virtual company. In 2001, I closed my private practice and made EASI·Consult my full-time work focus.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I still enjoy the data integration aspect of my work. What I have come to enjoy even more, however, is helping hiring managers to understand assessment data, combine it with other information they have about candidates, and think through how people are likely to function relative to the business and cultural needs of an organization. I also love talking with employees about their assessment results and helping them use the information to further their professional development.
What do people not know about your job?
For many people, hiring is a process of reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates and relying on instinct to make sound decisions. They don’t understand that there is a body of research-based tools and practices that support successful candidate assessment and selection, and that using these tools and practices can have a positive impact on the quality of their workforce and ultimately, their bottom line.
What was your first job?
Aside from the occasional babysitting engagement, I didn’t work until summers during college. The summer after my freshman year I lived at a summer camp in the Catskills and worked there as an office administrator. Not only did I come to be on a first-name basis with the resident mice population, but I quickly learned how important personality dynamics are to the effective functioning of a small and diverse team of employees living and working together pretty much 24/7.
Who is your work role model, and why?
It’s difficult for me to separate life role models from work role models because they seem to be completely intertwined. My parents ingrained the importance of working hard, honoring commitments and always doing the best job possible. Early mentors in my clinical career showed me how women could excel in their work while successfully balancing career and family. And every day I continue to learn from my colleagues and customers – there are hidden gems to be found in most every conversation!
What book are you currently reading?
I have always enjoyed reading personal narratives and fiction based in locations where I vacation. While in the Tetons this summer I was introduced to the work of C.J. Box, who writes a series of mysteries set in Wyoming that are centered around the adventures of game warden Joe Pickett. I started with Free Fire because it was set in Yellowstone, but have since read three more of his novels. And on the professional side, I’m reading Quiet by Susan Cain. It provides valuable self-report and research-based insight into what it means to be introverted.
What do you wish you were better at, and why?
I wish I were better at keeping my work space organized. I never miss deadlines, and I am able to keep multiple projects running smoothly, but my office is a disaster. While I periodically transfer my vertical-pile filing system into the hanging files I have optimistically set up, I never completely eradicate the piles. And then we could talk about my emails …
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