Staff Recruitment Toolkit
Staff Recruitment Process
Human Resource Services (HRS) has created the following tools, broken into five distinct phases to provide assistance and guidance for the recruitment and hiring of Administrative Professional (AP) and Classified Staff (CS) positions.
Phase 1: Prepare
Familiarize yourself with WSU’s recruitment process and policies or refresh your search knowledge:
- WSU custom online training: Staff Recruitment Basics (WSU login required)
- Staff Recruitment Checklist: Search committee roles and responsibilities checklist
- Search Committee Guide: Detailed roles and responsibilities guide
- Access the Online Position Description & Recruitment System (OPDRS)
- Recruitment for Administrative Professional Positions (BPPM 60.17)
- Recruitment for Classified Positions (BPPM 60.18)
- Pre-Employment Inquiry Guidelines (BPPM 60.08)
- Candidate Guest Guidelines: Details on inviting guests (spouse, partner, etc.) to on-campus interviews
- Implicit Association Test: IATs (Implicit Association Tests) are tools to demonstrate and examine conscious and unconscious divergences related to attitudes and beliefs about race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and other social categories.
- Reviewing Applicants: Research on Bias and Assumptions (provided by WISEL)
Prepare and organize your evaluation tools:
- Sample evaluation document: Evaluation Ranking Matrix
- Sample evaluation document to use during campus visits, small groups, or other meetings: Feedback Form
- Sample evaluation document to use open forums: Evaluation Form
Phase 2: Advertise & Outreach
Develop and execute your outreach strategy to attract a diverse pool of qualified applicants:
- Sample advertisements and diversity recruitment resources: Staff Outreach and Advertising
- Advertising suggestions based on academic discipline: 2018 Global Job Board Directory
- Talent acquisiton insights via LinkedIn: 2018 Global Recruiting Trends
- Outreach Tools: Advertising resources, social media tools, and talent pool databases for Faculty and Staff positions
- Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, EPM 12
Phase 3: Screen & Interview
Use these tools to conduct an interview that positively promotes employment opportunities at WSU:
- Candidate Experience: Recommended resources and samples to help create a positive candidate experience.
- Applicant Evaluation: Staff Not Hired Reasons | available status updates in OPDRS
- Interview: Interview Checklist | a guide for the search committee
- Interview: Sample Interview Questions | tips for interviewers and sample interview questions
- Candidate Screening Guide via LinkedIn Talent Solutions
- Applicant Notification: Unsuccessful Candidate After Initial Evaluation (Sample letter)
- Applicant Notification: Unsuccessful Candidate After Screening Interview (Sample letter)
- Applicant Notification: Unsuccessful Candidate After Campus Interview (Sample letter)
Phase 4: Perform Reference & Background Checks
Take a deep dive into the candidate’s background by performing reference and background checks:
- Review the WSU policy on Background Checks (BPPM 60.16).
- Reference Check Form (Sample document)
- Best Practice Tips for conducting references via email.
- Background Check Program: Information for hiring managers and search committees.
Phase 5: Hire & Onboard
- Offer Letter Templates: The most up-to-date offer letter templates
- Search Documents Retention: Overview of required documentation
- University Records – Retention and Disposition (BPPM 90.01)
- New Hire Onboarding: Benefits, orientation, and other information for the new hire