You work for the City of Plantation Florida and your

You work for the City of Plantation Florida and your boss has decided to expand the team. She puts you in charge of hiring a competent person with, as she puts it, “potential.”

Then she hands you a job ad and a stack of 11 resumes. “Pick two of these,” she says, “And we’ll bring them in for an interview.” We can forward the others to HR so they can be considered for future openings. But I don’t want to send all nine of the remaining candidates to HR. So, let me know who was at the very bottom of your ranking. We won’t forward that person’s resume.”

You go home and snuggle with your honey. “Best day ever,” you announce, “My boss really trusts me to make important decisions. One of the two people who I pick will be our new hire. Also, I have to identify the worst applicant and throw him or her out of the employer’s applicant pool.”

Your honey sits up and gives you a serious look, “Wow,” says Honey, “Your boss is really testing your judgment. The person you help hire may be around for years. The money you spend on that person’s salary will come from a limited budget. The work your team does is pubic facing; I mean, if this person isn’t suited for the team’s work, everyone will know and trace it all back to you. Also, who are you throwing out of the applicant pile; your decision there matters too. Jeez, I hope you don’t screw this up.”

  • Step 1. Carefully review the job ad
  • Step 2. Look over the resumes  and make your selections
  • Step 3. Write an email to your boss, briefly explaining and ranking your top picks. Who did you pick and why? This email is your report. Here is a report template. You can use this or write the email using only your own words. Your email-to-the-boss report must be at least 250 words long. 
  • Step 4. Post your email-to-the-boss report on the Week 5 discussion board
  • Step 5. As you read other people’s posts, do you become more or less sure of your initial answer? You may want to go back to amend your initial post. Be sure to explain what helped change your mind.
 

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