Step 5. Selecting Final Candidate

  • The search committee and/or hiring manager identifies top candidates.

  • Hiring managers are responsible for informing internal candidates that they are a finalist for the posted position. Internal applicants are required to inform their current supervisor of their candidacy should they become a finalist for the position.

  • Top candidates can be scheduled to return to campus for the second round of interviews with the committee or other members of the W&L community.

  • For full-time positions, provide a copy of this Benefits Summary Brochure to the candidates, or refer the candidate to the Benefits Guidebook for a comprehensive list of benefits information.

  • For part-time with partial benefits positions, provide a copy of this Benefits Summary Brochure to the candidates, or refer the candidate to the Benefits Guidebook for a comprehensive list of benefits information.

  • Human Resources representative is available to meet with final candidates concerning working at W&L or university benefits questions.

  • All top candidates for Administrative Assistant positions are required to take Skills Testing through Human Resources. Notify Sherry Wright,, of the top candidates. The testing will be scheduled by Human Resources. Candidates scores will be shared with the hiring manager.

  • Reference checks on at least the final candidate (whether internal or external) must be conducted by the hiring manager, and written notes of those reference checks must be maintained for the search file.

  • The hiring manager must consult with the Executive Director of Budgets and Compensation before an offer is extended. Following this consultation, a verbal offer contingent upon an acceptable background check can be made.

  • Once an offer is accepted, submit the online Personnel Action Form.  This will give Human Resources the information needed to contact the final candidate to begin the background check and hiring process.  The hiring manager will be notified when the background check has been completed.

  • Human Resources sends the official offer letter.

  • All new hires must complete the appropriate paperwork before beginning work.  Human Resources will schedule new hire for Phase I Orientation, held Monday mornings for new employees. Required employment paperwork and appropriate benefit information will be completed at this time. 

  • The hiring department is expected to provide an orientation to the specific work area, make appropriate introductions to co-workers, and provide specific, technical job training. The New Hire Checklist for Hiring Managers provides helpful details.

  • New Employees will be expected to attend two additional orientations:
    • Phase II: Held the first Wednesday of each month.  During this orientation, the new employee will learn about the university's Continous Achievement Path (PATH), and Wellness Program.
    • Phase III: This orientation is held bi-annual.  In this orientation, new employees will meet members of the university's senior leadership team and will learn about the university's mission, values, and strategic plan.  In addition, we will cover other important topics about working at Washington and Lee.

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