Selection of an HR Generalist at a Public University

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Mike Peters, a professor at Rocky Mountain State University (RMSU), had been asked to serve as the chair of a selection committee to fill the position of Human Resource Partner. This case describes the processes and tools used to rate and screen candidates, and the guidelines provided by the Human Resources and Affirmative Action departments. Also presented are issues that arose during the selection process, including a question about how to deal with a very highly qualified candidate who had previously worked as an HR Partner at RMSU, and how to interface with the Director of Affirmative Action and her “recommendations.” This case may serve as an effective “eye-opener” particularly for traditional students who have not served on selection committees and/or had the opportunity to work with an affirmative action officer.

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