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The Price of Hiring Resident Assistants

and candidate pool size reductions. The established parameters allowed observation of
the marginal effects of due to changing assumptions or variables without getting in the
multitude of other variables. To aid readability, we rounded all monetary data to the nearest whole dollar except the hourly wage rates.

Baseline Process
The baseline RA hiring process evaluated
125 candidates and included eight one-hour
interest sessions facilitated by two entry-level
staff and four RAs; one 30-minute interview
with one entry-level staff and one RA; and,
three 30-minute group process activities with
six candidates per group facilitated by one
entry-level staff and three RAs. A pool of 125
candidates requires 21 groups of no more
than six participants. To guide readers, we
initially provide the specific analytical steps
for calculating both personnel time and wages for the baseline's components as previous-

ly described. Although not explicitly detailed,
the subsequent procedures specific to each
relevant component were applied in each
alteration but not explicitly detailed. Table 1
details the full baseline results.
	
Interest sessions required 16 hours of
full-time, entry-level (FTEL) time [2 FTEL/
session x 8 sessions x 1 session hour] and
$277 in wages [16 hours x $17.31 FTEL salary/hour]; structured interviews required
a total of 62.5 hours of entry-level time
[1 FTEL/interview x 1 interview/candidate
x 0.5 interview hour x 125 candidates] and
$1,082 in wages [62.5 hours x $17.31 FTEL
salary/hour]; group process required 31.5
hours of entry-level time [1 FTEL/station x 3
stations/candidate group x 0.5 station hours
x 21 candidate groups] and $545 in wages [31.5
hours x $17.31 salary/hour]. In total, the baseline process required 110 hours (or nearly 14
FTEL work days) of entry-level time which
converted to $1,904 in entry-level wages.

TABLE 1

Baseline Process Summary of Time and Wage Totals
	

FTE	 RA	TOTAL

							
Component	
Time	Wages	 Time	 Wages	 Time	Wages	

Interest Session	

16	

$ 277	

32	

$ 440	

48	

$ 717	

Time per	
Wages per
Candidate	 Candidate

0.38	

$ 5.74

Structured Interview	

62.5	 $ 1082	62.5	
$ 859	125	
$ 1,940	1.00	 $ 15.52

Group Process	

31.5	

$ 545	94.5	
$ 1,298	126	
$ 1,843	1.01	 $ 14.74

Total	110	
$ 1,904	189	
$ 2,596	299	
$ 4,500	2.39	 $ 36.00

Note. Time is reported in hours. Except for wages/candidate, all wages are rounded to the nearest dollar.
Baseline process was designed to evaluate 125 candidates.

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