The Selection Process
You’ve conducted legal, competency-based interviews, effectively documented each one, conducted relevant tests, and run comprehensive reference and background checks on the finalists. You’ve also considered your company’s affirmative action goals and assessed its organization-wide and departmental diversity levels. Hopefully, the hiring manager and HR interviewer agree on whom to hire; if they don’t, the manager will probably make the final decision, with the HR representative documenting his reasons for disagreeing. At last, it’s time to extend an offer of employment to the one applicant who stands out among the rest.
Before committing to one applicant and extending a job offer, take a moment to review these final selection factors:
• Review your objective. Remind yourself of the role this job plays and how it fits in with other positions in the department, division, and organization overall. Consider, too, its projected impact on both departmental and organizational goals.
• Review the job description to ensure thorough familiarity with the concrete requirements, duties, and responsibilities of the position. Identify the essential and nonessential functions of the job, as well as the approximate amount of time devoted to each task.
• Consider the intangible requirements of the job. Remember that certain intangible qualities, although subjective by definition, can still be job-related. Identify and evaluate only those intangibles that have a bearing on job performance.
• Evaluate applicants’ reactions to various questions and statements. For example, if the job requires extensive overtime and standing for long periods of time, review the applicant’s reaction to this information.
• Compare an applicant’s verbal and nonverbal communication patterns. Recollect nonverbal patterns during the interview in response to certain questions and carefully interpret what was being expressed by way of certain gestures, movements, and microexpressions. Determine, too, if they were consistent with verbal responses.