Six Things Human Resources Wishes Hiring Managers Would Do

Hiring for college jobs can be a major challenge because of the special issues involved. Conditions and hiring rules vary depending on whether you are hiring for  faculty positions, non-tenure track instructors, grant sponsored employees, adjuncts, exempt staff, part-time staff, partial year employees, post doc research associates. The list goes on and on, however, there are common factors for hiring any type of employee and several things HR staff wish that hiring managers would remember.

  1. We don’t make the rules, but we do have to enforce them. We know you don’t like having to give a reason for not hiring each of the three hundred applicants who applied for your open position. We are required to report those reasons, and presenting a report with the same reason listed for each applicant will present a giant red flag to any auditor.
  2. We know that you want to offer the position to your friend’s daughter, even though she doesn’t qualify. We’re still going to make you go through the posting and hiring process, and if there are better qualified applicants, then you’d better be able to explain why you didn’t interview any of them.
  3. Don’t offer your position to someone who hasn’t completed the application process. They might not make it through the screening questions.
  4. Talk to someone in HR before you get ready to make an offer so you know how much money you have to work with. Don’t wait after you’ve offered your candidate the moon and expect HR to cough up the money.
  5. Check references. Really. Check them. Trust us; it will save you problems in the future.
  6. Ask your HR representative about appropriate interview questions BEFORE the interview.

Ask HR first; prevent problems later.

Dindy Robinson is Director of Compensation at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

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