For a comparative assessment process, at a minimum, it is important to include:
- a hiring manager who is at a higher grade than the role being recruited (unless the hiring manager is a qualified human resources or recruitment representative)
- an independent person who works outside of the employment area or division.
Additional assessors who are at least at the same grade as the role being recruited may be included where appropriate.
It is better not to have assessors’ subordinates as assessors. If they are, there must be an additional independent assessor from outside the agency.
Representatives from professional services suppliers may be engaged to provide expert support in the selection process. Such support may include reviewing and shortlisting of candidates and screening interviews. Professional service suppliers may be included as assessors, but they are not involved in making the selection decision(s). It is up to the person(s) responsible for undertaking the recruitment and selection process in the public sector agency to decide the outcomes of the selection process. This includes deciding who meets the standards for the role and, where relevant, who is the person best suited to the role and the needs of the agency.
In selecting assessors you should include, wherever possible:
- a mix of genders
- persons reflective of the wider community with representation from diversity groups
- for an identified or targeted role, at least one person from the related diversity group (e.g. an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identified role).
Invite assessors to be involved in the recruitment process early on so they can plan their time commitment and involvement in the process. Also specify what their contribution will involve. This may include some or all of the following:
- helping to develop the targeted questions
- screening resumes and applications
- helping to design interview questions
- participating as an assessor in interviews
- participating as an assessor in other assessment activities (e.g. observing group activities, marking work sample exercises etc.)
- doing referee checks
- giving input to the final selection decision.