OPM hiring process
June 24, 2009 at 12:33 pm #74621
Interesting IMO story from Federal Times
OPM: Stop using KSAs when hiring
Away with the dreaded knowledge, skills and abilities questionnaires!
The Office of Personnel Management plans to ask agencies to stop requiring job applicants to fill out the time-consuming questionnaires.
In their place, agencies should rely on applicant resumes to decide whether someone is qualified and warrants a second look, OPM Director John Berry told Federal Times today.
“Our society operates on a resume-based approach, and for years, the government has had its own approach separate from that,” Berry said. “What I’m hoping we can accomplish is a culture shift to have the federal government rely upon what the societal norm is.”
Berry said scrapping the knowledge, skills and abilities questionnaires (KSAs) would be part of a broader government attempt to overhaul its hiring process. The effort started June 11, when Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag told agencies to start mapping each step of the hiring process, involve managers more, keep applicants notified of their status throughout the hiring process, and to write position descriptions in plain English.
OPM hiring experts and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council are developing strategies and advice on how the hiring process can be fixed, Berry said. Those strategies will be released later this summer, he said.
“We’re going to dog this and resolve it and try to produce fruit in one year,” Berry said.
Berry also said that agencies should use the maps of their hiring processes, which should be done by Dec. 15, to weed out unnecessary and slow steps.
Berry would not say how fast the hiring process should be. He said some agencies have unique challenges and hard-to-fill jobs, and forcing all agencies into one model would not work.
“I don’t think you ever want to put an artificial timeline,” Berry said. “If you say you must find someone in 60 or 40 days, that would be silly because it would force you to hire someone who’s not qualified. That is not the objective we want to accomplish.”
June 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm #74623
Ada (HangFong) O’DonnellParticipant
Stop using KSAs when hiring??! That’s very good new for me. The kind of jobs that I want actually require applicants to know the specific CFR and have worked on the job for a while. I just hope that someone will see my potential according to my resume instead.
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