Wednesday 21 November 2012

Top 3 Features of Best Practice Recruitment and Selection - #2

Part 5 of 11 of the CompetencyCoreTM Guide to Recruitment & Selection

In the last blog, we reviewed how to establish an efficient recruitment and selection work flow.  This blog reviews how to use competencies to determine which screening tools, assessments and / or tests to include in the process

Competency Coverage Grid

The competencies assessed by each selection element can be set out in a Competency Coverage Grid, as shown below.  The grid matches the selection elements shown in the Selection Flow diagram described in the previous blog.

Each of the checkmarks in the grid indicates which competencies are to be assessed by which element (resume screen, test, etc.) of the selection process.  The selection elements are targeted to best assess each of the competencies.  In the example provided, Written Communications Skills, Planning and Organizing, Computer Skills and Financial Management could all be assessed through a Screening Test specifically designed for this purpose – for example, a written response to a problem or challenge that would typically face the candidate in the job.  On the other hand, competencies like Client Focus and Initiative are better assessed through the interview and reference checking processes (i.e., behaviorally-based interviews - for more information see Blog #9 of this series).

Ideally, important competencies should be assessed through more than one method to ensure that there is ample opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their capabilities.

The Competency Coverage Grid, in combination with the Selection Flow diagram covered in the last blog, and the Selection Weighting & Rating Grid (covered in the next blog) provide a comprehensive description of the selection system.

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