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Assessing Electronic Recruitment Implementation in State Governments : Issues and Challenges

Kim, Soonhee / O'Connor, Jennifer G.

Abstract

In this study, we assessed the status of electronic recruitment for U.S. state government employees and analyzed the issues and challenges state governments faced while they implemented e-recruitment systems. All of the 23 state personnel agencies that responded to a phone survey either offered downloadable application forms or allowed candidates to submit applications online. Ten states had adopted options for assessing applicants and selecting job candidates online, but only three states reported that they had adopted online testing. The number of applications received online increased from 2002 to 2003, and the most common implementation challenges that states faced when introducing e-recruitment were budget constraints, technical difficulties, and HR staff adapting to using a new system. While 15 states reported that they evaluated their electronic recruitment system, only three said they measured the cost per hire. Based on the survey responses, we conclude this article by presenting lessons and implications for effectively implementing e-recruitment for state government employees.

Issue Date
2009-03
Publisher
Intenational Personnel Management Association
Keywords(Author)
Electronic recruitment; Performance evaluation; State governments
DOI
10.1177/009102600903800104
Journal Title
Public Personnel Management
Start Page
47
End Page
66
ISSN
0091-0260
Language
English
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