Testing candidates before hiring

In our conversation last week, Jim Edwards mentioned that KCBT had recently changed their hiring process for all staff going forward.  They now require candidates to take a test to verify their computer skills prior to the final hiring decision.  Computer proficiency isn’t the only consideration and IT doesn’t have a veto in the hiring process.  The test results are just one factor that the hiring manager weighs in the decision. 

I thought this was a very interesting idea to add to the ongoing conversation, frequently revisited by Tony Dye, regarding computer skills and training.  I suggested to Jim the he should blog it.  Read his post here.  He’s already drawn a comment from someone with a different perspective.

What do you think?  Is this an idea other church IT departments should consider?

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