Originally posted to Unleash the Monster
By Joyce Ceconi
There is a lot of excitement and anticipation for how agencies will be revamping their hiring practices after the recent Presidential
mandate to make the hiring process faster and easier. This week, we want to
give kudos to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for its use of
innovative technology in the recruiting process.
NGA is a Department of Defense combat support agency and a member of the national Intelligence
Community (IC). NGA develops imagery and map-based intelligence solutions for
U.S. national defense, homeland security and safety of navigation. NGA
provides timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of
national security objectives.
When it came to recruiting the best talent to support the agency’s mission, it went virtual. NGA
announced that they would be using Skype technology for the first time to
conduct interviews as a way to reach a broader pool of candidates while
reducing the costs that are associated with the interview process.
In an article I was reading on GISUser.com, Ee Yeh, the program manager in NGA’s Recruitment
Center, explained how the
NGA participated in virtual career fairs to find a pool of candidates which
resulted in nearly 8,500 participants visiting the agency’s booth, 600
submitting applications, and 100 participating in interviews. The follow up interviews were conducted via
Skype. “NGA wanted to reach a
diverse and highly skilled population,” said Yeh.
It is this type of innovation that federal agencies need to integrate into their hiring processes. We hope
that we continue to see other agencies taking aggressive steps to modernize
their recruiting and hiring processes to make them faster and easier.
As we see agency’s take these steps, we’ll highlight them here on Unleash the Monster. If you have
an agency example that you want to share, leave us a comment and we’ll share
the story here.