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Finding and Hiring Candidates


The time you invest in up-front planning pays huge dividends in the time it takes to fill a vacant position and how well the new employee meets the agency’s mission needs.  During this step, you should be engaged with the Hiring Manager to discuss what skills are needed for his/her position.  Together you’ll look at who’s out there and how best to recruit them. 

Attracting the Candidate

At this step in the process, you play an important role in understanding the Hiring Manager(s) job needs and recommending strategies for attracting, assessing and choosing the best candidates.  Your expertise on finding the right flexibilities and authorities to leverage will be critical in reaching the best candidate pool.  Is there a critical need?  Are there special populations of applicants, such as veterans, students, or persons with disabilities, who can be targeted for recruitment?  The answers to these questions will help fill the vacant position quickly with the right person for the job.

Making Hiring Decisions

This step focuses on generating the certificates of qualified candidates and working with the Hiring Manager from the time the tentative office is extended to when the candidate is actually on-board. 


Human resources professionals serve as consultants and partners with the hiring official in recruiting and hiring quality employees. From advising on the best assessment tools to identifying the most effective recruitment strategies and interview techniques, the HR professional is there every step of the way.

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