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average age of candidates was 20.97 (SP16)
and 21.02 (SP17). It is also important to note
that none of the applicants had ever served as
an RA at the studied institution prior to applying; RAs seeking reemployment the following
academic years were considered in a completely different reapplication process.
The data from both years of this study
used the same application, interview, and performance evaluation format with the same
scoring rubrics. In each Spring semester,
candidates applied and were interviewed for
the RA job, which began in the following Fall
semester. Scores in each application and interview component were generated and weighted
as outlined in the following sections and ultimately used in consideration for hiring decisions. All RAs then received a performance
evaluation at the conclusion of the following
Fall semester.
The statistical analyses employed in this
study were simple linear regressions. Due to
the anticipated volume of regression models
needed, the research design used simple linear
regressions instead of multiple regressions
which would have considered all component
variables as independent predictor variables.
The weighted total scores served as the predictor variable in each analysis. The total performance evaluation score served as the
dependent variable in each regression analysis.
The first section (Year One: SP16 Recruitment and FA16 Evaluation Processes) details
the first application of weighting interview
scores without empirical evidence to support
the determined weights. This analysis demonstrates one way of using departmental priorities and job description to weight candidate
scores. The next section (Empirical Weight
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At a minimum, housing practitioners
should explore the inherent values
of their hiring process components
to see if those numerical values
align with the philosophical
understanding of their department's
RA job description.

Analysis) outlines the empirical analysis conducted on the SP16 recruitment and FA16 performance data that ultimately generated the
weights which were subsequently assigned in
the SP17 recruitment process. The final section
(Year Two: SP17 Recruitment and FA17 Evaluation Processes) describes the outcome of applying the determined weights after usage in
the final studied process. Figure 1 diagrams the
chronology of data gathering and sequential
analyses.

Year One: SP16 Recruitment and FA16
Evaluation Processes
Leading up to the Spring 2016 RA hiring
process, the studied institution eliminated the
group process component from their hiring
infrastructure. The remaining hiring process
included an application with required shortanswer responses, candidate references, and
individual interviews. The application questions and references were scored on the same
rubric (with metrics tailored differently for
questions and references) while the individual
interviews employed scoring specific to each
interview.

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