Nicholas Vasilopoulos, Ph.D.

Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, Department of Defense

Nicholas L. Vasilopoulos, Ph.D. is a Strategic Consultant in the NSA’s Office of Recruitment and Hiring with over 25 years of experience developing, validating, and implementing personnel selection systems. He is currently leading the NSA’s initiative to implement a skill-based hiring process designed to improve the applicant experience while ensuring the Agency hires the “best and the brightest” for its critical mission positions. Prior to working in the Office of Recruitment, Dr. Vasilopoulos served as Chief of the Personnel Assessment Research and Development Division responsible for developing and validating high-stakes personnel selection systems.  In addition to his applied experience, Dr. Vasilopoulos was a tenured faculty member in the I/O Doctoral program at the George Washington University, with over 100 publications and conference presentations.

Upcoming Conference Sessions Featuring Nicholas Vasilopoulos, Ph.D.


Attracting and Hiring the “Best and the Brightest”

The National Security Agency’s recruitment and selection strategy is designed to attract the “best and the brightest” to apply for a job, and ensure that new hires possess the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform effectively on the job. In line with this strategy, the NSA has implemented several recruitment initiatives to engage with potential future applicants as early as high school through both Agency sponsored activities and high-school and college student programs.  NSA also administers assessments to applicants for critical mission jobs to ensure they possess both the soft and hard skills needed to be successful.

Join this session to learn:

How the NSA utilizes activities such as the NSA Day of Cyber and the annual ‘Codebreaker Challenge to build relationships with students as early as high school
The importance of assessments in the NSA’s hiring process
The challenges faced and ROI of implementing the ...

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