How to Be the Master of Your HR Certification Exam Day

brain

We already talked about avoiding stress while you're studying for your HR Certification exam,and especially on exam day, but to add to that, we'd like to give you a few more exam taking tips to help you perform at your best on your HR Certification Exam. By now you've studied enough, and you probably don't want to see another practice question in your life, so these are tips to help your prepare your body and your mind for the trials it is about to undergo when you take your exam. Your physiological state can mean the difference between success and failure, so take these tips very seriously. Whether you're taking the PHR, SPHR, or GPHR, these tips will help you to perform at your best. Don't Forget to Sleep - Unless you practice being superhuman, cognitive abilities start to diminish when the body gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night on average. This means your ability to … [Read more...]

Human Resource Branding | Was Your Answer Correct?

humanresourcebranding

Great job on this one everyone. We had a lot of feedback and quite a few pageviews on the human resource branding question that we posted this week.  If you missed that post you may want to read it. We gave a valuable bit of advice on top of asking the question.  You can find it here. Human Resource Branding Practice Question Earlier this week we asked of you: Human Resource Branding is MOST used for which of the following? A.) Demonstrating "best practices" in the organization. B.) Recruiting high caliber candidates to the organization. C.) Creating a culture inside the organization. D.) Being more involved in marketing. The correct answer is: B - Recruiting high caliber candidates to the organization.  Here is the explanation.  Make sure to read and fully understand why this is the correct answer so you can commit it to memory. Human Resource branding is a … [Read more...]

Secrets for “Crunch Time” in preparing to pass the PHR or SPHR

Time is ticking away, and only a few weeks to take your PHR or SPHR exam.  Some people are studying like crazy (which they should be) and others are stressed out knowing the test date is looming.  What's the best way to get ready, knowing your deadline is near? Here's a few quick tips to help you keep on track: 1.  Remember, the exam is only multiple choice - no written answers.   Work on focusing how to answer a 4 choice question.  Eliminate the two wrong answers, and identify the others that may be possible.  This will help you gain confidence and focus in answering questions. 2. Don't forget to review terminology.  If you've been in HR a long time or not, the exam will have some terminology that is and is not familiar. Be sure to have some means to review terms currently in use either by means of a manual or study materials. 3.  Review the HRCI body of knowledge.  This is … [Read more...]

Online PHR and SPHR Practice Exams – 5 Tips to Improve Your Chances

You're studying like crazy because the exam window is open! Yes, many of you have registered to take the PHR or SPHR, and most likely will wait until January to take it.  But before you go to your exam site, be sure to do the following: 1.  Take online practice tests to help you with multiple choice tests.  You can take the HRReview online practice test by clicking on the link or on the picture above.  If you haven't taken a college entrance exam lately, it would be a good idea to regain the knack of how to select from 4 choices, oftentimes when more that one answer can be correct. 2.  Be prepared exam day with a valid drivers license, taking minimal items to the test site.  Just last year, I had a student show up to take the PHR, only to find her drivers license had expired.  Needless to say, she had to get an updated license prior to be admitted to the test site.  A delay you may … [Read more...]

Online PHR and SPHR Practice Exams – 5 Tips to Improve Your Chances

You're studying like crazy because the exam window is open! Yes, many of you have registered to take the PHR or SPHR, and most likely will wait until January to take it.  But before you go to your exam site, be sure to do the following: 1.  Take online practice tests to help you with multiple choice tests.  You can take the HRReview online practice test by clicking on the link or on the picture above.  If you haven't taken a college entrance exam lately, it would be a good idea to regain the knack of how to select from 4 choices, oftentimes when more that one answer can be correct. 2.  Be prepared exam day with a valid drivers license, taking minimal items to the test site.  Just last year, I had a student show up to take the PHR, only to find her drivers license had expired.  Needless to say, she had to get an updated license prior to be admitted to the test site.  A delay you may … [Read more...]

Bye, bye, PHR! But Wait…Here’s Three Steps to Success!

Okay, it's Thanksgiving, and we're all thinking about those things we're thankful for, including our own ability to pass the PHR exam! While you may have had too much stuffing, your exam is really only a few short weeks away. So what's that mean on your 4 day weekend? Get hustlin', honey! If you're not taking practice exams several times a week - and yes, focusing on the body of knowledge at that - you'll be singing the blues come test day. Here's three easy steps to help you get your mojo on for test day: 1.  Research shows that adults taking multiple choice exams need to study not only the content for the exam, but how to master multiple choice exams.  Take many - go to various websites where free exams exist (including www.hrreview.com) and work your brain. 2.  Don't give up.  Be sure to cover all the areas of the body of knowledge.  Know where you have strengths and know … [Read more...]

PHR or SPHR?

If you're an HR professional trying to decide which exam to take, it can be a challenging topic.  Many test takers want to take the SPHR, but let's take a closer look at this. 1.  My personal experience taking the SPHR exam and PHR exam was an interesting one.  If I hadn't been afforded Forune 500 HR experience, I'm not sure I would have fared as well on the SPHR exam.  I truly believe that having a mentor on higher level HR decisions made all the difference, and I hear this from other counterparts as well. 2.  The SPHR will have many situational questions where you will need to make a judgement call.  If you've not taken a lot of practice questions to prepare for this type of question, I would strongly encourage you to test your knowledge before taking the SPHR exam.  Many of the questions will ask what the best solution is, or all of the following "except", so it is important to … [Read more...]

HR Certification – Preparing with Style for the PHR, SPHR and GPHR!

hr_review_llc

Getting ready for the HR certiifcation exams is a daunting task.  What to study, where to study, and how to get it done are important decisions as you prepare.  Typically, HR professionals who are getting ready for this exam haven't taken a multiple choice exam in some time, so here are some things to consider: Practice Multiple Choice exams - the PHR, SPHR and GPHR exams will ask you to select the "best answer" to a question, and many times there may be more than one to select.  Choose some free exam sites such as www.hrreview.com to practice exams, purchase them, or just review material to help you determine your skill level. Review the Body of Knowledge.  It is important that you understand the content that will be on the exam you're taking, so be sure to spend time carefully reviewing the content to help you prepare. Take a Group Study Course.  If you're in a metro area, … [Read more...]