Developmental Associates serves organizations in recruiting, screening, promotion and selection for key leadership positions. Employers choose us because we offer rigorous screening and assessment of candidates to ensure the best fit for both the applicant and the organization.
Developmental Associates is contracted by employers to assist with recruitment and/or screening of applicants. We want to ensure that applicant experience and credentials are communicated in a consistent manner to our clients. To that end we have an on-line application process powered by NEOGOV that ensures all applicants are compared against the same hiring criteria determined through a comprehensive analysis of the job, the organization and conversations with key stakeholders.
While applicants apply through Developmental Associates for a particular position, we present all candidate application materials, including media search results, to the employer for consideration. Candidates who meet the minimum and preferred requirements are typically given higher consideration. Our clients believe that multiple methods of screening and assessment of applicants leads to the best decisions. The hiring entity – be it a Council, Commission or Manager, determines who will be invited to participate in the next step of “Secondary Screening” which usually consists of a phone interview, online essay survey and psychological assessment. If selected, it is crucial that you be able to provide detailed examples to the questions. The secondary screening step is intended to provide the decision makers with more detail about your breadth and depth of experience beyond your paper credentials.
Once again, Developmental Associates, presents all data to the decision makers who will then decide whom to invite to the next assessment stage which may be an internal series of interviews or an assessment center which Developmental Associates facilitates. When involving a governmental employer, this process of sharing information requires applicants to provide a “limited confidentiality waiver” allowing us to share the information with those at the employer who are involved with the hiring process. If you apply, you will be asked to consent to this condition in order to have your application shared with and considered by the employer. We are required by law to protect the confidentiality of your application.
Once the employer decides on a short list of finalists, they take over the process at that point to invite candidates back for an interview to assess mutual fit. Developmental Associates, always recommends that clients conduct a thorough background check to include motor vehicle records, criminal records, drug tests and detailed references. We will recommend retired law enforcement professionals to carry out that step, if the client desires.