Search Committee Best Practices

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Best Practices

  • Use PeopleAdmin Guest username and password provided by hiring department to view/review application materials.
  • Keep in mind that the application information will be 'read-only' to all search committee members; therefore, members are not able to make changes to the applicant statuses.
  • Hold Search Committee meetings instead of coming to decisions through emails.
  • Create transparency about processes used to rank candidates or eliminate candidates who do not meet the minimum qualifications of the position. 
  • Rank candidates based on the required and preferred qualifications (we recommend the top 10). It saves significant time to be able to quickly identify the next candidate(s) to be contacted in case your top candidate(s) withdraw from the pool.
  • Develop a list of competency and value based interview questions. Use the same questions for all applicants interviewed.
  • Review the interviewing legal dos and don'ts.
  • Take advantage of phone and/or Skype interviews to save time and money. However, be aware that the method used must be consistent across all applicants being considered even if they are local or internal applicants. If using phone interview, it's recommended that more than one committee member participates in each phone interview to ensure consistency.
  • Check references once a finalist is selected.
  • Keep applicant information and identities confidential within the search committee process until interviewees are selected. This demonstrates values of accountability, respect, and diversity.  If a candidate informs anyone involved in the search process that they may need an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in any part of the search process, please provide that candidate with the contact information for the Office of Equity & Inclusion. Additionally if a candidate informs you or anyone else involved in the search/hiring process that they may need a reasonable accommodation for a disability upon being hired, please direct them to the OEI staff at (937.775.3207 or