Effective staff selection involves more than qualifications and experience

first_imgDear Editor,The local media has recently been inundated with controversial debate/discussions on the pros and cons of the selection processes for the position of Deputy Chief Elections Officer at the Guyana Elections Commission.My professional interest in human resources management has naturally been piqued, especially as it seems to me that the concern has been too narrowly focused on just two criteria, namely; formal/academic qualifications and prior work experience.Effective staff selection, especially for positions at the professional and supervisory or managerial levels typically requires attention to several additional criteria and processes.For example: competencies and skills in written and oral communications, interpersonal relationships, motivation, supervision and management of staff, acquisition and oversight of financial and material resources etc. Objective assessment and comparative/relative evaluation of these criteria often require ‘third party’ interventions such as in-house and/or external selectors facilitated by recruitment professionals and reference-checks.Some organisations/employers ‘outsource’ the ‘shortlisting and/or selection processes’ to independent professional recruitment firms or individuals who employ various selection methods such as assessment centres with simulation exercises, oral and written tests and practical presentation exercises.I am amazed to see, for example, how often people are selected for positions which require them to make public presentations and/or written submissions/reports without them being actually screened on their competencies in these activities by first asking them to do ‘mock’ written and oral presentations. (These days when CVs and Applications are written for candidates by paid professional writers, it is foolhardy to depend on the submitted applications/CVs as examples of the analytical and writing competency of candidates).The use of ‘independent’, professional recruiters appears even more necessary for ‘politically-sensitive’ appointments.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more