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Staff Recruitment Process

Human Resource Services 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.

The HR Service Team for each area/college is available to assist with appropriate recruitment and hiring processes as well as the use of Workday Recruit.

Staff Recruitment Checklist: Search committee roles and responsibilities checklist

Phase 1: Prepare

Familiarize yourself with WSU’s recruitment process and policies or refresh your search knowledge:

Prepare and organize your evaluation tools:

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
  • All requisitions posted through Workday must include the following:
    • In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021 or later vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.
  • Advertising suggestions based on academic discipline: 2019 Global Job Board Directory
  • Talent acquisiton insights via LinkedIn: 2020 Global Recruiting Trends
  • Suggestions by Beamery to help build and scale a complete recruitment marketing strategy: The Definitive Guide to Recruitment Marketing
  • 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
  • Refer to Workday Recruiting Guide: Create, Edit, and Close Job Requisition

Phase 3: Screen & Interview

Use these tools to conduct an interview that positively promotes employment opportunities at WSU: Refer to Workday Recruiting Guide: Manage Job Application

Applicant Evaluation: Staff Not Hired Reasons | available status updates in Workday Recruit

Candidate Experience: Recommended resources and samples to help create a positive candidate experience.

Interview: Interview Checklist | a guide for the search committee

Interview: Sample Interview Questions | tips for interviewers and sample interview questions

During the interview, provide the following statement related to the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:

As a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021 or later vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment.

Candidate Screening Guide via LinkedIn Talent Solutions

On-Campus Interviews: Guest Guidelines

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:

Phase 5: Hire & Onboard

  • Refer to: Workday Staffing Guide: New Hire Onboarding (Employee and Contingent Worker)
  • 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
  • All Offer Letters will include the following statement under the I9 information:
    • In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of this appointment is October 18, 2021 or later your vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to your first day. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521 if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.
  • Refer to HERC Retention Resources (Member login required) -All WSU employees can create an account under institutional membership.