4 ways technology can improve the hiring process

The right technology is the perfect sidekick for hiring managers to find candidates best suited to meet a specific school’s student achievement needs

Joel SackettIn many districts across the country, the process for hiring teachers could stand to be improved.

While there are many facets of the process that could be changed, a few key areas standout: there is a lack of multi-dimensional data on individual candidates, the hiring process is either overly manual, creating inefficiencies, or too automated, leaving out quality candidates, and technology and process are difficult to integrate.

Student achievement should be top of mind during teacher candidate selection and interviews. Research shows that quality educators are the most important school-based factor for student achievement. Since measurement and student success have become even more important in recent years – and in some cases actually impact district funding – having an effective hiring process is increasingly vital.

Unfortunately, far too many existing processes still fail to achieve benchmarks of success including efficiently sorting through teacher candidate data, identifying high-quality teachers that can impact student achievement and cost-effectively meeting budgetary demands.

Districts must consider a few common criteria when looking to fill in the gaps with technology. In today’s landscape of squeezed budgets, limited resources and higher hiring stakes, HR Directors must consider these critical benchmarks for using technology as part of a successful hiring process:

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