Laboratory Administration
Personnel management
Recruitment and selection

Topic Completed: 1 November 2013

Revised: 12 March 2019

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PubMed Search: laboratory administration recruitment and selection

Richard E. Horowitz, M.D.
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Cite this page: Horowitz R. Laboratory Administration - Recruitment and selection. website. Accessed November 12th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Efficient laboratory operation depends on a stable workforce and a low turnover rate
  • The more effective the recruitment and selection process, the greater degree of job satisfaction and the lower the turnover rate
  • A new employee needs three to six months to become fully productive, so the lower the turnover rate, the more effective the laboratory
  • The job description is the main document in this process
    • It determines the content of advertisements, forms the basis of the interview and informs the applicant of the employer's expectations
Attracting Applicants
  • Newspaper and professional Journal advertisement
  • Internet (e.g., PathologyOutlines) job sites
  • Professional Society (e.g., ASCP) job sites
  • Employment agencies
  • In-house posting, especially for higher level positions
    • Hiring from within establishes and maintains a “Promotional Ladder”
  • Search committees
Screening Applicants
  • Preliminary by Personnel Department - does applicant meet the requirements
    • Review of application and resume
    • Screening interview
    • Review of letters of reference
  • By laboratory supervisorial personnel
    • Interview - questions should be based on job requirements
    • Skill or competency assessment (New CMS/CLIA Guidelines)
    • Avoid “illegal” questions regarding age, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
    • Psychological and drug testing
  • The job offer
    • Reiterates the job description and its expectations
    • Specifies criteria and timing of performance evaluations
    • Specifies terms of employment
    • Compensation, benefits and working conditions
    • Retain documentation of all conversation and of any offers
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