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Reverse-Engineering the RA Hiring Process

DISCUSSION
The results support the notion that "housing
professionals would benefit from more comprehensive application and documentation
methods [within RA hiring practices] . . . if
only for departmental data consumption to
inform their own practices" (Berg & Stoner,
2016, p. 33). The contextual application of statistics in a nontraditional manner (i.e., using
results to inform variables instead of allowing
variables to inform results) demonstrates the
value in attempting to reverse-engineer RA
hiring practice as one method to strengthen
the hiring process.

Although the studied institution's
hiring process only considered three
components-application responses,
references, and individual
interviews-weighting scores can just
as easily be applied to any selection
components employed by other
institutions . . .

The final component weights revealed here
should not be assumed to generate the same
results at other institutions due to differences
in job descriptions, staff and student population demographics, departmental philosophies
and values, etc. Fluctuations still existed in the
predictability of future job performance even
when the recruitment process stayed consis-

tent. The variation is assumed to occur due to
a number of factors including, but not limited
to, different applicant pools and the composition of evaluators changing each year.
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. Practitioners can quickly calculate the default weights within their hiring
process components by dividing the total
number of component points available by the
total number of points available across their
entire process. For example, a hiring process
containing maximum point values of 50 in
the application process, 100 in the individual
interview, and 300 in group process creates
default weights of 11.1%, 22.2%, and 66.7%,
respectively. Put another way, this example
process assesses a candidate's group process
performance as twice as valuable as the combined performance in both the application and
individual interview.
Departments with such a large disparity between components (i.e., the previously
described example institution) should, at a
minimum, investigate the initial raw score
values for structural bias and alignment with
the hiring philosophy. Pursuing such an analysis on a localized stage would alleviate the previously described anecdotal concern about the
group process being unfair to capable introverted students. Figure 2 illustrates the comparison of the most recent example process
default scores compared to standardized scores
and weighted scores.
If the calculated default values do not align
with the job description and departmental phiV O L U M E 4 5 , N O. 2 * 2 0 1 9

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