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losophy about the RA position, basic alterations
can be applied to change component weights
without doing deep statistical analyses (either
by standardizing components to equivalent
100-point scales or broad stroke weights such
as the original 40% application weight and the
60% individual interview weight employed in
the first year of the studied timeframe). Such a
strategy would likely create more confidence in
the final outcome numbers, yielding better selection of candidates who align with the actual
job description.
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: for example,
group process (Blimling, 2010; Ostroth, 1981),
faculty recommendations (Deluga & Winters,
1991), academic grades (Winston & Ender,
1988), peer review ratings (Deluga & Winters,
1991), wellness (Fedorovich, Boyle, & Hare,
1994), and standardized instruments (Deluga
& Masson, 2000; Jaeger & Caison, 2006; Wu
& Stemler, 2008). Academic major (Winston
& Ender, 1988) could also be evaluated and
weighted differently for consideration in the

Figure 2
Example Process Score Distributions

100% ________________________________________________________________________________________________

11.1%

20.0%
33.3%
22.2%
75% ________________________________________________________________________________________________
40.0%
33.3%
50% ________________________________________________________________________________________________
66.7%
25% ________________________________________________________________________________________________
40.0%

33.3%
0%

________________________________________________________________________________________________
Raw Score
Group Process

Standardized Score
Interview

Weighted Score
Application

Note. Visualization of scoring mechanism comparisons for an example hiring process where the default maximum
raw scores are 50 points for the application component (11.1%), 100 points for the individual interview (22.2%), and
300 points for group process (66.7%). The standardized score balances all components to their own 100-point scale,
each representing 33.3% of the total score. The example weighted score demonstrates a simple customized approach
for calculating final scores.
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