Assignment: The Selection Process
The process involved with selecting the “right” employee will differ depending on the requirements of the job. In addition, the culture and expectations of an organization will have great impact on the structure of the selection process. Where one health care setting might require applicants to participate in group interviews, another might use personality tests. In addition, the qualities for which interviewers look might also vary, ranging from a personality focus to a skills focus.
In this Assignment, you investigate the selection process that is used in a health care organization with which you are familiar. You also identify the expectations of both human resources and the nurse manager in terms of selection.
Review Chapter 6, “Selecting New Employees” in the course text, Human Resource Management: Functions, Applications, Skill Development, to examine the various selection processes health care settings and other organizations may employ. In addition, reflect upon the three types of “fit” nurse managers should take into consideration when selecting new employees.
Identify a position that is open or has recently been filled in your organization.
Using what you know about the position, the culture and expectations of the organization, your own hiring and selection experiences, and this week’s readings, investigate the following:
Identify the selection steps that have been or will be taken, as well as the members involved. For example, which steps did human resources complete? In which steps did the nursing manager engage?
Identify the skills, educational and work background, and “fit” required for this position. How do these align with the advertised job description?
Identify any problems or areas that could be improved in your organization’s current selection process. If you were the nurse manager, how would you modify this process?
Submit a 3- to 5-page paper in which you do the following:
Briefly describe the selection process used in your setting.
Identify the team members involved in conducting each step. For example, explain which steps HR performs and which steps managers perform.
Explain how effective you believe the current system is.
Briefly describe any problems (e.g., rushing, stereotyping, “like me” syndrome, halo and horn effect, premature selection) your setting has experienced with this current selection system (if applicable).
Explain how you would modify the process and why.
Identify the job title for the open or recently filled position.
Describe the skills and background a desirable applicant would have.
Describe the type of “fit” that would make this applicant the “right” person for this specific job.
Compare the job description with the expectations of the position.
Explain whether or not the job description aligns with the skills, background, and “fit” needed to excel in this position.
Explain the specific attributes or characteristics you, as the nurse manager responsible for selecting a candidate for the position, might seek that are not specifically outlined in the job description. Describe how you could you elicit this information during an interview.
Reminder: The School of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides an example of those required elements (available at http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/57.htm). All papers submitted must use this formatting.