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Seven factors affecting the outcomes of your selection process

Selection is arguably the most important aspect of HR and is critical to the continued success of your organisation. So what do you need to be aware of when developing your selection process?

There are a number of factors which affect the outcomes of an organisation’s selection process, we’ve outlined seven that you should be aware of.

  1. The recruitment campaign
    A recruitment campaign may attract or detract high quality candidates. This depends on a number of factors:
    a. If the campaign was targeted at the correct demographic for the position
    b. If the campaign was extensive and reached the correct demographic
  2. The geographic location of candidates
    The geographic location of candidates may affect the demographics of the candidate and therefore the quality.
  3. The literacy skills of the candidates
    Similar to geographic location, the literacy skills of the candidates applying for a position may affect the number of high quality candidates you receive. E.g. is there a high proportion of NESB candidates in the potential applicant pool?
  4. The number of candidates applying for a position
    The more candidates that apply and from which to choose, the greater the chance of identifying high quality candidates.
  5. The correct use of assessment
    It is critical that the correct assessment is used in order to identify the correct target group. If an assessment is not appropriate for a particular role, then there is a risk of them being rejected when in fact they had the correct skills for the position.
  6. Attractiveness of the position
    Some roles are more attractive than others. The more attractive the role, the more likelihood of attracting high quality candidates.
  7. Selection process
    The likelihood of identifying a quality candidate depends on the selection process used. If best practice is used, and candidates are assessed at the first selection round then you will have the highest chance of identifying high quality candidates.

By being aware of how these seven factors can either positively or negatively affect your selection process, you can ensure you receive high quality candidates that will be suitable for the role and ensure continued success for your organisation.

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