There’s this job that I want. I want it bad. I want it so bad because I would be so good at it, and that would be so, so good. The only problem is the application. It is, to say the least, extremely detailed. Here’s the “exam” I have to take with it:

1. As the Director of Talent, Recruitment and Engagement, this position provides strategic leadership, policy direction and management of staff. In your response, describe your experience performing the following:

  • Providing strategic and day-to-day direction to staff to ensure a high-performing unit
  • Establishing performance expectations/standards
  • Participating in on-boarding processes to acclimate new staff
  • Reviewing staff work products and providing feedback
  • Participating in attracting and hiring staff to build and promote a diverse workforce
  • Leading individuals in a specific program area, (e.g., recruitment, engagement, communication, etc.).

Be specific as to:

  • Your specific role, (e.g., supervisor, team leader, project leader, team member, etc.) in the above tasks to provide raters a complete picture of the nature and scope of your experience.
  • Type and size of organization, (e.g., public sector, government, post-secondary institution, private business, etc.; [1000+people, 501-999 people; under 500 people]).

2. This position serves as the campus subject matter expert on recruitment. Describe your experience and/or education related to the development and management of employee recruitment. Include the following in your response:

  • Serving as a subject matter expert on recruitment policies and procedures
  • Evaluating recruitment practices and making recommendations for improvements
  • Leading and designing effective systems for recruitment
  • Providing guidance and direction of contemporary recruitment strategies to managers and staff
  • Deploying recruitment strategies to attract diverse, high-quality applicants

Be specific as to:

  • Your level of independence/responsibility (e.g. independent, team member, etc.) in the above tasks to provide raters a complete picture of the nature and scope of your experience.
  • Type and size of organization, (e.g., public sector, government, post-secondary institution, private business, etc.); [1000+people, 501-999 people; under 500 people].

3. This position serves as the campus subject matter expert on employee engagement. Describe your experience and/or education related to the development and management of employee engagement. Include the following in your response:

  • Serving as a subject matter expert on employee engagement policies and procedures
  • Evaluating engagement practices and making recommendations for improvements, including whether the recommendation(s) were implemented.
  • Overseeing the management of resources and tools related to employee engagement

Be specific as to:

  • Your level of independence/responsibility (e.g. independent, team member, etc.) in the above tasks to provide raters a complete picture of the nature and scope of your experience.
  • Type, (e.g., public sector, government, post-secondary institution, private business, etc.) and size of organization, (1000+people, 501-999 people; under 500 people).

4. Describe your experience and/or education related to professional communication and collaboration. Include the following in your response:

  • Collaborating with groups to re-engineer efforts to develop efficient processes to satisfy organizational goals and objectives
  • Promoting collaboration with stakeholders to analyze processes and inefficiencies
  • Facilitating discussions with individuals/groups with differing perspectives
  • Demonstrating flexibility and adaptability to change
  • Maintaining collaborative relationships with colleagues and stakeholders

Be specific as to:

  • Your level of responsibility (e.g. independent, team member, etc.)
  • Type, (e.g., public sector, government, post-secondary institution, private business, etc.) and size of organization, (1000+people, 501-999 people; under 500 people).

Yeah, they weren’t kidding when they called it an exam. My only hope is that because I’m such a patient guy and I’ll actually take the time to write out responses to all this crap, and that I’m so much more patient than other people, that not many other people will bother to apply.

Then again, being patient is one of the things that has gotten me to the point where I’m actually qualified for this job, so it could stand to reason that there are other similarly qualified and patient people as me out there, and then I’ll have some competition.

Time to go waste a couple hours this weekend writing out my term paper!