The commitment to Merit Principles is found in state and federal statutes and vigorously followed by the State Government of Minnesota in their hiring practices. Information provided in this section support compliance with and consideration of these merit principles for all human resources staffs and hiring managers.
According to Minnesota Statute 43A, the goals of recruitment are "to attract sufficient numbers of well-qualified people to meet the needs of the civil service and to enhance the image and public esteem of state service employment."
In contrast, selection is the process of determining what knowledge, skills, and abilities are essential at the time of hire and using job-related assessment methods to determine whether and to what extent applicants possess those qualifications. These processes come together in that recruitment of qualified applicants requires that one must first identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) necessary to be successful in the position.
The State of Minnesota uses a Multi-Source Model as its process for recruitment and selection when vacancies exist. Agencies must meet their contractual obligations during the Multi-Source Model process. In the Multi-Source Model, an individual can be included for consideration as an applicant for a particular vacancy through a variety of sources. Individuals can apply for openings listed on the State of Minnesota Careers website or can apply directly to an agency.
MMB will also contact the agency regarding applicants who notify MMB rather than the agency about their interest in a vacancy. Simultaneously, MMB or agency recruitment staff may conduct searches for additional applicants who best meet the vacancy requirements. Agencies may choose to recruit in situations where there are a limited number of applications, or when a position requires hard-to-find skills, or when the need for applicants is limited by a location or employment condition.