Hiring during a campaign can be tough. Campaigns are a race against time. If you are in the position of hiring it can feel like you needed someone yesterday.
Investing time in a thorough and equitable hiring process is an essential part of a campaign living its values. This hiring guide is for anyone who finds themselves in a position to hire a campaign team. If this is your first time on the opposite side of an interview, this guide is definitely for you.
This guide covers the following:
- Writing a job description
- Reviewing resumes
- Conducting interviews
- Checking References
- Making an offer
We also include an Application Tracker so you can organize your hiring process. The guide and tracker will also help you if you are collaborating with others on your team to assess resumes and conduct interviews.
There’s no “right” place to start crafting a job description. The only mistake you can make is rushing through the descriptive sections. Make sure to leave yourself (and/or members of your team) uninterrupted time to brainstorm and reflect on what’s going to be listed here.
Reflecting is particularly essential to avoid a hiring failure. You need to give yourself/your team time to reflect and challenge your own thinking in two ways:
- How do the responsibilities and qualifications we’ve outlined in the job description align with what we’re paying this person? Take this moment of reflection to focus on what you really need this person to do successfully, and then make sure you’ve categorized the job in the right level of seniority and pay.
- How are my biases showing up? We’ve all got biases, and they all show up in moments like this. Take this moment of reflection to identify the ideal person to fill this role and what barriers your qualifications may present. (One of the most frequent examples: does the position you’re hiring really need a college degree?)
Now that you’re ready to begin…
You will also need a way to track applicants as they come into the process. Use our spreadsheet template to help you track applications as they move from submitted to reviewed to interviewed.