[IPAC-List] Candidate Reduction Strategies
keith.poole at phoenix.gov
keith.poole at phoenix.gov
Tue Mar 13 14:23:08 EDT 2012
Some tips I found from an old report (I think originally authored by Terry
Changing Recruiting and Testing Strategies Based on Changing Economic
Major changes in economic conditions generally require us to adjust our
recruiting and testing strategies.
This report lists various ideas or options that can be considered in times
of a “tight labor market” (periods of high or increasing unemployment
rates; more applicants and fewer jobs) and time of a “loose labor market”
(periods of low or decreasing unemployment rates; fewer applicants and
more jobs). These ideas were developed in a “brain storming” manner.
Since each item may have unintended consequences, they should not
considered recommendations and need considerable discussion before
implementation. Factors that need to be considered include:
• Potential impact on diversity
• Customer service implication
• Headline test/political reality
TIGHT LABOR MARKET (periods of high or increasing unemployment rates; more
applicants and fewer jobs)
Reduce recruitment periods from the traditional two week to one week or
Have fixed recruitment periods for most of the recruitment periods that
are traditionally “until selection made” (three or four week).
Close “open until selection made” recruitments after the 2nd batch.
Impose applicant residency requirements (city, Maricopa county or state).
Change verbiage on applicant notices to indicate number of applicants.
Change verbiage on entry-level job announcements to reflect step 1 of the
range rather than the entire range.
Reduce size (verbiage) and frequency of ads.
Adjust opening dates so the jobs with similar min quals do not open on the
Restore written examinations to the more entry-level Resume only
For questionnaire recruitments (clusters), require applicants to complete
the questionnaire in a group setting.
Take a more literal view of the MQs as listed on the job specification
when screening applications.
Limit/reduce participation at job fairs.
LOOSE LABOR MARKET (periods of low or decreasing unemployment rates; fewer
applicants and more jobs)
Keep recruitments open for at least two weeks.
Use more USM recruitments.
Increase size, frequency, and verbiage in print media.
List recruitments in general employment WWW sites.
Take a very broad view of MQs.
Increase attendance at job fairs.
More public affairs events.
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