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I’m having trouble finding information specific to this question and hope you can help. Is there a rule or guidance that for each open requisition the number of interviewers has to be the same for all applicants that move forward? For example – my team has an open manager role, everyone that moves forward completes 3 interviews. Is this best practice or actually a law that the consistency has to be there.
There is no law that states all candidates being interviewed for open requisitions must go through the same number of interviews. In fact, it is common for higher level positions (e.g. senior management) to have more steps in the hiring process and more interviews than, for example, entry-level positions. Best practices for hiring processes do, however, include being consistent with the steps each candidate for a specific requisition must go through. If a written test is given to one applicant...
If a staffing agency is a federal subcontractor, are they obligated to follow OFCCP guidelines when hiring temporary personnel for its clients ?
Staffing agencies which are subcontractors and meet the jurisdictional thresholds under Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and VEVRAA (see https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/posters/Infographics/files/JurisdnThresholds-7_ENGESQA508c.pdf) are required to follow regulatory requirements for their employees. Furthermore, one violation often found by staffing agencies which undergo OFCCP compliance reviews is lack of records. (See https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/CAGuides/files/Quick-Tips-503-WEB_080119_CONTR508c.pdf#:~:text=Understanding%20OFCCP%E2%80%99s%20Recordkeeping%20Requirements.%201%20Outreach%2C%20and%20positive,applicants%20hired%20%2841%20CFR%2060-741.44%28k%29%29.%20%20HowLong.%20).
If your job starts off as Unfunded and then moves to Funded, do you have to open a new job posting?
One way to consider handling this situation is to determine if the job duties, reporting manager, location of the job, and basic requirements of the job have stayed the same. If only the funding status has changed, you might determine to not create a new requisition. Any candidates that previously had applied for the position, however, would still be considered candidates for the job requisition. However, if changing the funding status changes any job duties, requirements, location of the job,...
Is it inappropriate or a potential discrimination to conduct some interviews in person and some via virtual platforms? (Zoom, Skype, etc.)
I don't believe it is inappropriate or potential discriminations to conduct some interviews in person and some via virtual platforms. I would recommend that the questions and format be consistent and the fact that it was in person or virtual should not play into the decision as to the candidates qualifications.