The Employee Selection Process

In hiring people for job vacancies, the employee selection process can range from a quick resume scan and a half hour interview to a full resume review by a panel or committee and a day or two of interviews with a myriad of departments within a company.

The larger the organization and/or the higher the level of the employee within the organization, the more detailed and lengthy the interview process is likely to be.

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For instance, if you are interviewing for the position of Vice President of Marketing or a Human Resource Director of a Fortune 500 company, you will be expected to spend a lot of time meeting with a variety of people in order to determine if you are a good fit for the organization.

How does the employee selection process work? It usually starts with a resume.

Reviewing a resume can offer a great deal of information about a job candidate. You can often glean answers to the following questions by looking over an individual's resume:

  • Does the prospective employee have any gaps in employment?
  • Is there sufficient work history to assure performance goals will be met?
  • Does the candidate have the appropriate education and/or certifications?
  • Are there any accomplishments on the resume that validate the candidate's abilities?
  • Does the prospective employee offer examples of increased responsibility in work settings?

This provides insight into the job candidate's potential for doing a job successfully.

What is a more reliable method of selection is the job interview. Many things can be determined during the course of an interview or a series of interviews. Even if a job interview is unstructured, it demands that a job candidate provide a variety of information.

The main goals of a job interview are:

  1. Determine a candidate's interest in a given position
  2. Verify the candidate's qualifications – experience, skills and accomplishments
  3. Ascertain the candidate's attitude
The goals of a job interview really are not any more complicated than that. The process of interviewing is much more detailed, however.

The employee selection process is vital to an organization regardless of whether the business is a gas station or a publishing company. Having the right people in the right positions is essential for a business to succeed.

Understanding the selection process can help you better prepare for it. Make sure that the information listed on your resume is relevant to the position for which you are applying and double check it with this resume checklist.

When it comes time to interview, be prepared for the questions you are likely to be asked, but also pay attention to your attitude and your enthusiasm.

Getting a great job is much easier when you are well-informed and well prepared.

If you are done reading the Employee Selection Process, you might want to also read about the Employer's Perspective in the job search process

Here is a wonderful article about making a Great First Impression


If you want to see things from the Hiring Manager's point of view, click here


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