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Respond by Day 7 to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
- Ask a probing question.
- Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
- Offer and support an opinion.
- Validate an idea with your own experience.
- Make a suggestion.
- Expand on your colleague’s posting.
Classmate’s Discussion Post:
“Throughout the course, thus far, there has been much emphasis placed on the importance of the job analysis, and how it aids in identification of the content of a job (EEOC, 1978) in order that the organization can meet needs such as selection, or the development of the job description. Until this week, I have not thought much about the order of the steps required in the selection process, and based on this week’s reading I have begun considering the important role the sequence of events plays in the selection process. There are many pieces to the selection process, including the job analysis, interview, identification of minimum qualifications, interviewing, testing, etc. However, if these pieces are conducted out of order, or in an order that does not make sense, the company will not reap the full benefits of the process, and will run the risk of selecting a candidate that is not a best fit for the position.
If I were hired as a consultant to assist a charter school with the selection process for hiring a new teacher, as presented in the media, my first step would be to conduct a thorough job analysis, that included both inductive and deductive methods which would allow for the gathering of broad information regarding the teaching profession, as well as more narrow information that may only be applicable to the specific school. My next step would be to identify the salient worker characteristics necessary for the job and to create a measurement plan with which to summarize the information gathered from the job analysis (worker characteristics), and help determine how those characteristics will be measured and accounted for (Russell, & Peterson, 2007). At this point, myself along with the client could determine which methods, such as testing, interviews and self-reports, would be best suited to account for each characteristic.
Once we have reached this point in the process, if a job description needs to be drafted, it can be done now, and the description and minimum requirements can be fairly established based on the information gathered in the analysis. Establishing the minimum requirements following the job analysis, and developing of the measurement criteria also serve as safeguards for the company and support the validity of the selection process (Borden & Sharf, 2007). Once the description and minimum requirements are established, I would recommend that the interview/selection process could begin. Following the interview process, testing and administering potential self-report measures, and review of this information the client should be equipped to select an employee whose qualifications are in line with the needs of the school. I would also recommend to the client that if there were two or more employees with similar scores as they are related to skills and knowledge competencies, that the deciding factor should be scores gathered for the individual competencies that may make them the best fit for the job such as optimism, self-efficacy, self-confidence, etc. (Vazirani, 2010).
In order to provide more specific information to the client, such as the types of testing that should be employed or the structure of the interview, it would be necessary to gather a bit more information about the school. I believe that it would be important to learn the location of the school, as well as the demographic of the school. Knowledge of the makeup of the students could inform hiring decisions as you want a candidate that is comfortable with working with the demographic(s) represented in the school, and who would be relatable to the students. I also think that it would be helpful to know statewide test scores for the previous year to determine if there be any area in which the school is struggling, which could help identify further needs of the school. Lastly, I would like to know if there is an emphasis places on any one subject, such as foreign language, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which could also identify areas of expertise that may be needed for a potential candidate. “