Exhibit #14: Quantitative Screening Device
For those who are more comfortable using numbers to assess different phenomena, the quantitative screening method is a suitable tool. An advantage of this approach is that it provides an intuitive method of describing the relative degree to which a candidate measures up against agreed-upon criteria. Each committee member will have a slightly different definition of what is “average, “good”, or: “great”, so each one’s assessment of candidates will vary—despite the use of the same numerical scale. Nonetheless, a quantitative screening instrument can speed up deliberations by suing a common framework and vocabulary to compare candidates.
If and how selection criteria will be withheld and tabulated should be determined when the screening instrument is designed. Having a doctoral degree is not necessarily worth twice the “points” as a master’s degree in a numbers in scheme, having six years’ experience is not necessarily twice as good as having three years of experience, and there is no way of objectively valuing the difference in having served in founder different positions compared to having served in two positions for longer periods. Agreement on descriptions and weightings is essential. As long as quantitative devises are used as a general guide and not a definitive assessment, they can be very effective selection techniques.
The following is a sample quantitative screening device for a director of financial aid position.
Quantitative Screening Device
Candidate’s Name: _______________________________________
Rating scale: 0 = None; 1 = Low; 2 = Average; 3 = High
- Managerial Skills & Experience – ___________
Conflict management experience
- Financial Aid Knowledge & Experience – ___________
Knowledge of federal financial aid rules
State financial programs
- Professional activities – ___________
Professional development activities
Membership/leadership in professional associations
Knowledge of industry trends
Awards or honors
- Evidence of ability to Work With Others – ___________
Work with students & families
Work with faculty
Work with staff/administrators
Multicultural student experience
Total Score: ____________
Committee Member’s Name: _________________________________ Date: ____________