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Hiring Decisions

Departments and graduate preparation programs should
explore structured and collaborative opportunities to
support competency development for graduate students in
the areas of recruitment and selection.
process. With increased understanding and
clarity around what outcomes specific components are designed to evaluate, it could
create increased influence for aspects that
appeared to be underutilized by many, such
as references.
	
Future research should build on the results of this study through the development
and field-testing of an instrument designed
to measure various hiring-decision constructs specific to RA hiring decisions. The
phenomenon of male participants appearing to rely more on personal opinions while
female participants reporting higher confidence in the process and their decisions warrants additional exploration, given the potential implications for training. Finally, future
research should seek to better understand
decision-making influences identified within
this study such as social media, current staff
feedback, and confidence in departmental
processes, among others. Qualitative methods could prove most beneficial in better
understanding the influential role of certain
aspects for specific staff members.

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CONCLUSION
Housing and residence life professionals
should consider how their staffs make hiring
decisions and to what extent those decisions
are influenced by aspects of departments'
selection processes. These considerations
should guide the department's development
of selection processes, including procedural
aspects such as who is involved in the planning and implementation of RA selection
processes. Departments invest significant
time and resources into RA selection; however, it remains unclear if departments are consistently seeing a return on that investment
in the form of identifying and selecting high
quality RAs. Given the importance of the RA
position to the student experience and departmental success, professionals must continue
to explore the congruence/incongruence of
departments' selection processes and staff
members' decision-making processes.

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