I currently work as an organisational psychologist for the ANS division of Isavia. Isavia is the air navigation service provider (ANS) for flights over the North-Atlantic Ocean, Iceland and Greenland as well as providing tower services for Keflavik, Reykjavík and Akureyri airports.
My focus lies in psychological assessment of applicants and employee metrics. I believe it is necessary to not only review the effectiveness of selection tests (e.g. calculating their predictive power) but also consider how cost-effective they are for the organisation. Psychometric tools can be incredibly powerful and profitable for an organisation - but only if used correctly.
My tasks include psychological testing of applicants, interviewing applicants, line manager coaching and development, L&D metrics, HRIS use and data analysis, psychosocial risk assessments, psychological first aid, shift effect calculations and long-term staffing plans.
- Project lead in selecting the first ever Greenlandic air traffic controllers for Kangerlussuaq airport (TWR and APP). This was a joint project between Isavia and Mittarfeqarfiit in January 2017.
- Project lead on selecting the Icelandic air traffic controllers students in 2014 - 2017 (TWR, APP and ACP/ACS). This intense application procedure involves a variety of psychometric tests, a work sample exercise, a psychological interview and oral language proficiency exams. This is repeated once a year.
- Project lead in using a game-based assessment for the first time in air traffic controller selection. Before implementation a job analysis and profile needed to be mapped unto the assessment metrics and after the implementation the game-based assessment scores were compared with other selection criteria.
- Project lead in the complete overhaul of the selection process of ATC students in 2014. Combined with a change in training methods we have reduced the student failure rate by more than half in addition taking in more students each year.
- Both lead and team member in various initiatives aimed to increase the number of applicants for ATC student positions. Currently the total number of applicants has increased by 250% compared to average applicant number in 2010-2013.