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Division of Human Resources


Recruiting and Interviewing

Once applications and resumes start to role in, the real challenge begins as you narrow your pool of candidates.

It's likely that a lot of job applicants will meet, and even exceed, the qualifications posted for your position. A well-composed resume is certainly a strong first impression, and will provide you with a means of comparison for skills and experience.

However, by properly screening your applicants, conducting the interviewing process and checking references, you will be able to separate good candidates from those who are truly the right fit for your team, and reflect the university culture of diversity and inclusion.

Recruitment Plans

Recruitment plans should include diversity recruitment sources [pdf]. Jobs posted on USC Jobs are automatically posted online in the Inside HigherEd publication. The university has special advertising rates with Monster.com and CareerBuilder. Listservs of various organizations are another great source for you to use as well.

Departments must obtain approval from the Recruitment and Employment Office before releasing any advertisements to outside entities. Positions should be posted on USC Jobs before being sent out to other sources.

Search Committees

One thing you may want to consider is using a search committee or interview panel. A diverse panel helps hiring managers ensure a good selection is made by having input from other professionals with knowledge of the university and the actual job. A search committee is not required for the hiring process but is encouraged because of the benefits an interview team can offer. If you are interested in using one of these resources, but aren't sure where to get started, please contact the Recruitment and Employment Office at 803-777-3821.

 

Department Head Approval

Each department has its own internal procedures for the approval of the selected candidate and you must follow them. Consider crafting a memorandum or completing a justification form [pdf] to present to the department head or manager as to why the candidate was chosen. 

If you have specific questions or concerns that our team can help you address, please contact the Recruitment and Employment Office by emailing uscjobs@sc.edu or calling 803-777-3821.