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600 E Boulevard Ave
Dept 113
Bismarck, ND 58505-0120

Phone · 701.328.3290
Fax · 701.328.1475
Email · hrms@nd.gov

Employment Verification · 701.328.2677

Management: Recruitment and Selection

The Selection Decision

Making the Decision

Interviews have now been completed, the challenge being to evaluate the applicants and determine if there is a good match between position requirements and any of the applicants. There are a number of factors to consider.

- Ratings

Consider the scores of any pre-employment tests that were used and the oral interview rating.

Merely comparing the overall ratings of applicants is not sufficient. An applicant may have a slightly lower overall rating, but be better for the job because of an unusually high rating in a key performance area. Also, an applicant may have the highest overall rating, but have poor recommendations from reference checks.

If selection of an applicant is not in rank order or sequence, reasons for selection should be valid and well documented.

- Value vs. Risk

Weigh the pros and cons of hiring the individual. Some applicants have valuable skills but lack desirable characteristics. If evaluation of an applicant indicates a potentially high value in a vital area and possible risk in a less important area, the decision is easier.

- Job Market

Consider the constraints of a fluctuating job market. Applicants that might not even be considered in a plentiful job market may have to be hired in a tight job market where there are few well-qualified applicants.

Notifying Applicants

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