Recruiting, Interviewing, and Selection of Candidates

The Guide to Recruiting, Interviewing & Selection provides answers to common questions regarding recruitment and selection. It also includes suggestions to assist in recruiting, interviewing and selecting the best applicant for a position. Contents include analyzing and advertising the position, appointing a search committee, screening application, interviewing the finalist, making the offer, documenting the hiring decision, and more.

Search Committee Fundamentals

In this training, we will review the goals of the search committee and the individual member roles to achieving a successful faculty or staff search.

Advertising for a Position

In an effort to increase the number of applicants and diversify applicant pools, hiring departments may be interested in advertising their position. The Where to Advertise Guide provides pricing and descriptions for recommended sites. All external job advertisements must be purchased through the Office of Human Resource Management. Individual departments are not authorized to make these purchases. Please contact the Talent Acquisition Assistant for further advertising assistance. 

The Interview Stage

Interview questions for employment should be developed by the hiring department and used consistently for all candidates interviewing for the same position. Interview questions allow candidates to demonstrate their ability to meet the established selection criteria for the position. At LSU, we encourage the usage of “behavior-based questions.” This method of questioning allows the candidates to demonstrate specific actions they took in past experiences as opposed to what action they would take in hypothetical situations. Avoid questions that could be interpreted by any applicant to be an attempt to discover protected personal information. If needed, please refer to our Sample Interview Questions and Questions to Avoid for guidance during your interview process. Hiring departments may contact their Talent Acquisition partner for further assistance.

Sample Offer Letters

Hiring Manager Offer Checklist
Sample Academic Administrator Offer Letter

Sample Academic Offer Letter
Sample Sponsored Academic Offer Letter
Sample Professional Offer Letter
Sample Professional Hourly Offer Letter
Sample Sponsored Professional Offer Letter
Sample Federal Grant Offer Letter


Academic Contract (PER-25)
Professional/Unclassified Contract (PER-40)