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29 October, 2015 - 17:44

After you have reviewed résumés for a position, now is the time to work toward selecting the right person for the job. Although we discuss selection in great detail in Chapter 6 "Compensation and Benefits", it is worth a discussion here as well. Numerous studies have been done, and while they have various results, the majority of studies say it costs an average of $45,000 to hire a new manager. 1  While this may seem exaggerated, consider the following items that contribute to the cost:

  1. Time to review résumés
  2. Time to interview candidates
  3. Interview expenses for candidates
  4. Possible travel expenses for new hire or recruiter
  5. Possible relocation expenses for new hire
  6. Additional bookkeeping, payroll, 401(k), and so forth
  7. Additional record keeping for government agencies
  8. Increased unemployment insurance costs
  9. Costs related to lack of productivity while new employee gets up to speed

Because it is so expensive to hire, it is important to do it right. First, résumés are reviewed and people who closely match the right skills are selected for interviews. Many organizations perform phone interviews first so they can further narrow the field. The HR manager is generally responsible for setting up the interviews and determining the interview schedule for a particular candidate. Usually, the more senior the position is, the longer the interview process takes, even up to eight weeks. 2  After the interviews are conducted, there may be reference checks, background checks, or testing that will need to be performed before an offer is made to the new employee. HR managers are generally responsible for this aspect. Once the applicant has met all criteria, the HR manager will offer the selected person the position. At this point, salary, benefits, and vacation time may be negotiated. Compensation is the next step in HR management.