Acme Consulting Enterprises (ACE) is a two year old staffing agency that provides very specialized scientists to research facilities on a project by project basis. Recently, ACE was approached by a university, on behalf of Wilson Bros to find a scientist to join a team working to insure that Wilson Bros maintains the highest quality assurance programs available in the world . All of the ACE scientists are presently out on other contracts, so it is your responsibility to hire a new scientist. Management is requesting a scientist with very specific skills. In fact, it has been estimated that there are only about 100 scientists in Canada with the skill set the company is seeking.
Although challenging, things are going relatively well. First, you completed a job analysis and then you posted a job ad and you’ve received 15 responses to the advertisement. Now, you want to screen the applicants to narrow the applicant pool down to the 3 top applicants. You plan to conduct interviews with the top 3 applicants to make a final hiring decision.
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Weighted Application Blanks (W.A.B.s) to screen applicants?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Biographical Application Blanks (B.I.Bs) to screen applicants?
- Would you recommend the use of W.A.B.s and/or B.I.B.s for ACE? Why or why not?
After completing your research, you decide on two screening methods you will recommend to the Wilson Bros Executive Team. Write a memo outlining your recommendations. Be sure to include your rationale for each method.