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HR Professionals

Planning
Attracting the Candidate
Making Hiring Decisions
The On-boarding Process
OPM Training Resources
Accelerated Hiring Process
Tools and Resources

Planning  

The time you invest in up-front planning pays huge dividends in the time it takes to fill a vacant position and how well the new employee meets the agency’s mission needs.  During this step, you should be engaged with the Hiring Manager to discuss what skills are needed for his/her position.  Together you’ll look at who’s out there and how best to recruit them. 

Attracting the Candidate    

At this step in the process, you play an important role in understanding the Hiring Manager(s) job needs and recommending strategies for attracting, assessing and choosing the best candidates.  Your expertise on finding the right flexibilities and authorities to leverage will be critical in reaching the best candidate pool.  Is there a critical need?  Are there special populations of applicants, such as veterans, students, or persons with disabilities, who can be targeted for recruitment?  The answers to these questions will help fill the vacant position quickly with the right person for the job.

Making Hiring Decisions  

This step focuses on generating the certificates of qualified candidates and working with the Hiring Manager from the time the tentative office is extended to when the candidate is actually on-board. 

The On-boarding Process  

You want the transition for a new employee to be a smooth one.  At this stage, you will establish the conditions of employment, determine a start date, coordinate e-induction paperwork and schedule orientation for the new employee.  In the meantime, the Hiring Manager will make arrangements for facilities and work space accommodations and officially welcome the new hire. 

OPM Training Resources  

Our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to implement the hiring reform changes effectively. OPM has a number of resources and training materials geared to each of the six requirements. 

Elimination of Written Essays (KSAs)

Use of the Resume and Cover Letter

Use of Category Rating to rate and rank applicants

Four-point Applicant Notification

Manager accountability and involvement

Quality and speed of hiring

AcceleratedHiring Process for Offices Serviced by the Atlanta and Bethesda Human Resources Field Offices 

The Accelerated Hiring Process (AHP) is a recruiting and hiring process model used by the Atlanta and Bethesda Human Resources Field Offices to engage hiring officials in attracting and recruiting highly qualified talent in a timely manner. Timelines and standards have been developed for various phases of the recruitment process. These timelines and standards provide recruitment goals for meeting the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) established average hiring requirements.  The accelerated hiring targets are possible through:

  • Program and human resources joint responsibility for a consistent process;
  • Pre-Recruitment Consultations; and
  • Accurate tracking and reporting mechanisms.

The benefits of the AHP include increased productivity in accomplishing program mission; reduction in re-work; reduction in hiring time; and enhanced quality of candidates with the usage of subject matter experts and in the development and utilization of better job analysis criteria and assessment tools.

Tools and Resources