It takes too long to hire employees even from internal sources. Options in the process allow organizations to prevent all candidates from applying need to be eliminated through manipulation of the process. Other suggestion to unify Federal hiring process will help solve this problem for all agencies; please support those ideas as well!
I've observed the hiring process take up to 8-12 months from development of job description to the job being filled and this is unacceptable; this is regardless of whether this is an internal of external fill. A project should be undertaken to reduce this process down to 1-2 months which would be much more reasonable.
Currently hiring organizations are able to manipulate applications by posting the job over a weekend and closing it very quickly. In this way they can brief candidates in who they are interested to apply and other candidates that don’t watch postings on the weekend will be unable to apply. Any policy which allows manipulation to limit or reduce the possible applicants can be used for unethical purposes and should be standardized. Postings should be left open for at least one or two weeks to allow candidates who might be on travel or vacation to apply. If postings require shorter open periods it would be required to have more public and organizational announcements for those positions.
Other hiring processes, which allow organizations to tailor a job description to a particular candidate’s experience, skills, and knowledge that nearly guarantee them the job, should be abolished. These can be eliminated by requiring organizations to develop job descriptions for their current employees and when someone is needs to be replaced, this description needs to be pulled off the shelf with almost no modification. When a new position and job description are established, it will need to reviewed by an anonymous third party panel to ensure there is no manipulation in the process. Anytime there is a candidate which meets 100% of the requirements, the descriptions should be flagged and reviewed by this panel for unethical business practices.
There are many other problems with this process so a comprehensive enterprise-wide Lean Six Sigma project should be undertaken to fix it.