Selection is the process of interviewing and evaluating candidates for a specific job and selecting the most suitable individual for employment based on certain criteria. Employee selection can range from a very simple process to a very complicated process depending on the firm hiring and the position and nature of the job. Certain employment laws such as anti-discrimination laws must be obeyed during employee selection.
Once the applicant pool has been narrowed and candidates have been assessed, it’s time to make a selection decision. It’s is important for employees to consider long term appointments. Organizations need to look for a candidate with solid experience and new ideas and a fresh perspective, weighing his or her willingness to learn.
Also, no matter the industry, market conditions inevitably will change; organizations need to ensure that they select someone who not only can adapt, but also can flourish under those conditions. Also employers must be sure to consider other needs such as diversity, and to follow the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Finding good employees is very difficult. Employment and discrimination laws can make it even tougher. Ultimately, a company’s best bet is to rely upon resumes, an initial phone interview, and a face-to-face interview to determine a potential employee’s suitability.
The first step in the employee selection process is to solicit resumes. A person’s resume will provide a recruiter with the initial insight necessary to determine whether a candidate should be taken to the next step. A resume should show academic achievements, experience, and leadership or community involvement. Applicants need to ensure the resume is free of typos, and if employers have lots of candidates to choose from, they should focus on resumes tailored to the job for which you are recruiting.
Respective employers will contact the people with resumes that show the most achievement and contain the most relevant experience for the job. Phone interviews will be scheduled with these applicants. Phone interviews can further narrow the pool of applicants. However most employers tend to skip this stage and go in straight for face-to-face interviews.
The face-to-face interview is the final step in the employee selection process. A face-to-face interview allows an employer to get the best feel for whether a candidate is right for the job. An interview provides further insight as to professionalism, people skills and expertise.