Selection 101 Question

by Matthew Stollak on Saturday, April 14, 2012

Here is a simple selection scenario that sparked discussion at this weekend's North Central Region Student Conference: You have two candidates competing for a job.

One candidate is finishing up her undergraduate degree in a particular field, while the other is working on a Master's degree in the same field. You administer a work sample test for the job to both candidates. Holding all other things constant, on the test should

A) the two candidates be expected to answer the exact same questions, or
B) the candidate working on her Master's be asked significantly tougher questions?

What is your answer, and why?

I think the answer is obvious, but I want to hear what you have to say.


This seems like a test itself...
You ask the questions that pertain to the work, with no assumption of different education level of the candidates. You are interviewing for the job, and all candidates have the same test. Individual interviewers may end up changing their questions, especially to follow up on responses, but I think you were saying that goes into the "all else being equal" category. Short answer: The same test.

by Tim Gardner on April 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM. #

Thanks Tim. I tried to clarify it above.

by Matthew Stollak on April 15, 2012 at 6:23 PM. #

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