Thursday 15 November 2012

Top 3 Features of Best Practice Recruitment and Selection - #1

Part 4 of 11 of the CompetencyCoreTM Guide to Recruitment & Selection

There are three main tools that help in organizing the selection process in an efficient and effective manner:
  • The selection process work flow diagram
  • The competency coverage grid, and
  • The selection element weighting and rating grid.
These three components of a best practice recruitment process will be reviewed in this and the next two blogs.

Selection Process Flow: Multiple Hurdle Model
The diagram below shows a simple version of a multiple hurdle selection process.  Each step represents a stage at which candidates can progress or be eliminated from the process, depending on whether they meet or do not meet the criteria being assessed at the particular selection stage.  For example, the first stage in the sample shown in the diagram is the Resume / Application Screen.  Criteria being assessed at this stage could include things like meeting certain minimum education or experience requirements.  They could also include meeting certain competency requirements as evidenced either by experience or through recognized accomplishments or certifications (e.g., specific technical / professional competencies acquired through successful completion of a recognized educational program; certification in a certain discipline; etc.).  The second stage in the selection process could include a test to assess technical or professional knowledge, aptitude, abilities, and so on.

Best Practice Recruitment

The number and type of selection elements to be included in the Selection System will be determined by the complexity of the position, the number and type of the competencies to be assessed, as well as the suitability of the selection elements for assessing each competency.  For example, oral communication skills can be more readily assessed through an interview than through a resume screen.

Finally, the sequence of the selection elements is typically organized for efficiency.  For example, a group testing process typically is undertaken earlier in a selection process, because it normally takes less time and effort to process candidates and determine whether they meet the selection criteria being assessed.  In-depth selection interviews, on the other hand, are more labor intensive and typically involve more senior level resources; therefore, they are normally completed later in the selection process after the candidate pool has been narrowed down.

The next two blogs discuss how competencies provide the foundation for the efficient and valid assessment of candidates for jobs using the “competency coverage grid” and “weighting and rating grid”.

The next blog in this series examines the second top feature of a best practice recruitment and selection program. Sign up to our blog’s mailing list through the form on the right-hand side to receive the rest of the series in your inbox.

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