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Furthermore, we believe there are direct and actionable takeaways
including, but not limited to, the ability for practitioners to
replicate study techniques on a localized departmental scale for
critical understanding of their own processes.
questions practitioners must consider when
employing group process as an evaluative
component within their hiring processes.
	
Structured interviews are a hallmark of
hiring processes regardless of industry or
profession. Presumably the questions asked
in interviews should adequately allow housing supervisors to assess the skills necessary
to perform the RA job. Stephen Berg, Alexis
Curiel, Kara Lesniak, Sara Frick, and Mari
Duncan present a content analysis of regional
interview questions posed of RA candidates
exploring this assumption. Among their findings, critical analysis of the interview question
artifacts revealed competency areas espoused
as important by the housing industry but neglect focus when interviewing candidates.
	
Supervisors consider many factors when
making their hiring decisions, some of which
extend beyond the objective evaluation metrics collected throughout the interview process. Craig Seager and Thomas Bruick employed statistical analysis to understand the
most influential factors both graduate-level
and full-time supervisors incorporate when
deciding which candidates to hire. The authors not only articulate existing differences between positional levels but also reveal
structural components providing elevated
value for hiring managers.
	
Typically evaluating RA candidates for
hiring considerations is a systematically
designed department-wide process. However, the act of placing RAs into their specific
communities involves more personal choice
by each supervisor. By conducting qualitative interviews with hiring managers, Erik
Sorensen and Evan Keil illuminate import10

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ant determinations and parameters housing
professionals use to make their placement
decisions, and reveal strategic opportunities
to form teams in a way that will serve the department, RAs, and residents.
	
Facilitating traditional multi-component
hiring processes requires substantial resources, often displacing regular job duties to
afterhours. Beginning the conversation surrounding the time economy of hiring RAs,
Apefa Cooper and James Stoner provide an
analysis of the human capital and opportunity costs associated with facilitating RA hiring
processes, demonstrating how even slight
intentional modifications to staffing patterns
and infrastructure configurations releases
personnel time and their associated wages in
meaningful amounts.
	
We close out our introduction to the
theme issue on a personal note. We are
pleased with the variety of articles presented,
both in terms of unique focus areas within
RA hiring and the different approaches employed. Furthermore, we believe there are direct and actionable takeaways including, but
not limited to, the ability for practitioners to
replicate study techniques on a localized departmental scale for critical understanding
of their own processes. We hope the articles
collected here will serve as a springboard for
further research endeavors on the recruitment, evaluation, and selection of RAs.
	
The quality of this issue, however, extends far beyond our curation and editorial
skills. Any chef will say it helps to cook with
good ingredients; or in our case, the authors.
We are particularly proud of each and every
author featured in this issue considering how



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