Hiring Process Series Introduction

by Floyd Rumohr

Hiring. Yikes. Like it or not, executive, program, development, or artistic directors have to do it at one point or another. It doesn’t have to be a headache.

Marla Cornelius, Senior Project Director at CompassPoint, a nonprofit consulting firm, said in a New York Times piece that “There’s no such thing as a period of time when you’re not challenged by staff issues as the leader of a nonprofit. And since many nonprofits don’t have a dedicated human resources staff person, managing personnel just sucks you in and takes over your life.”

This series of blog articles is intended to mitigate the life-dominating forces of the hiring process and build the human resource capacity of small and midsize nonprofits through the following topics, most of which have at least one accompanying video:

  • Hiring Process Stages: six stages of the hiring process used during a national search for a director of development are described.
  • Purpose of Interviews: asking questions of candidates is a necessary part of the process. This is a brief reminder about the role interviews play for those new to hiring.
  • The Hiring Manager: a position description is provided for the responsibilities and role into which many nonprofit leaders and managers are plunged.
  • High Inquiry Interview Questions: get candidates thinking deeply instead of responding with memorized responses to anticipated questions.
  • Focusing Questions: learn how to focus questions to get the information you need in 1) skills and experience, and 2) working style and organizational compatibility.
  • Multiple Perspectives: avoid common hiring mistakes by engaging different perspectives in the interview process.
  • Evaluating Candidate Responses: fairly evaluate and capture candidate responses by examining the scoring and grading systems used in a national search for a director of development.
  • Onboarding: what is it? why do it? what are its benefits?

Next up: hiring process stages.

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