The Weakest Link: How Strengthening Assessment Leads to Better Federal Hiring
Author(s): Partnership and PDRI
Publication Date: 08/26/2010
Publication Topics: Recruiting and Hiring, Strategic Human Capital Planning
Publication Type: Research Reports and Surveys
For our government to succeed and achieve its mission,
it must be able to identify and hire skilled, capable and
Everyone agrees that the federal government doesn't
always hire well, with talent lost because the selection
process today moves too slowly and because hiring
managers and human resources personnel often do
a poor job of selecting the right candidates--those who
will be the most successful in the job.
The Obama administration is seeking to address these
issues with a hiring reform plan that calls for agencies to
"select high-quality candidates efficiently and quickly."
Given the direct connection between good hiring decisions,
a first-class civil service and a high performing
government, the Partnership for Public Service, in cooperation
with PDRI, a PreVisor Company, took an in depth
look at how agencies are assessing candidates for
federal jobs today, the barriers to hiring the best candidates
and how the process can be improved.
Our study found that applicant assessment is the weakest
link in the government's problematic hiring chain,
with top candidates frequently getting lost in meaningless
evaluation. The public is the biggest loser, because
the result often is a wasted opportunity to strengthen
the civil service.
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.
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