This might be of interest if you want to see how an application process goes. Otherwise, not so much I occassionally get on hiring committees. Sometimes as a chair, but this time just as a member. This is a 4 person committee hiring for another dept. But my dept is really interested in the organization getting a good person with skill set z. People in charge of the money for this position put emphasis on 8 years of experience in generic skill set x. They also threw in skill set y. I think 4 years of x would have been enough, and longer makes it less likely someone has z. 50 applications. Pays 100k. Just picking from applications at this stage. Need 6 for the interview stage. 4 of us meet, bringing our top picks to the table. 4 apps easily agreed on and go to the A list. Sue wants one of the other apps to go to A list, because she knows that person, and thinks the person is good and qualified. I have to argue that the applicant doesn't have skill set z. Sue says close enough. I stick with no. Jack and Mary put the app in a B list for a maybe. Go through more, and I make sure 2 others, not even my favorites, who don't have skill set z, get at least to the B list to keep Sue's friend from having an advantage. The funny thing is it would have ended like that, but I had two more picks with skill set z that all 3 of the other committee members were ignoring because they weren't sure if those apps actually had 8 years of x. I said sure they do, if you interpret it this way. And more importantly, they have skill set z. So I got them on the bottom of the A list, thus giving us 6 to interview. And Sue's friend is not on that list. I don't know any of these applicants except for one, who is already toward the top of the A list by mutual agreement. But I wasn't letting anyone without skill set z get on that interview list if I could help it. Sue eventually saw it my way. Meaning she really began to see that her friend didn't have skill set z. After my committee does the interviews, we will send 2 or 3 up the ladder and it will be out of my hands. So I'm doing my best to make sure that whoever makes it up the ladder has skill sets x, y, and z Sue's friend still has a chance because those 3 in the B list are back ups if we don't bring at least 6 of the A list in for the interviews (some may have different jobs already). Sue isn't doing anything wrong, but some more qualified apps almost got left out, if I hadn't fought for the importance of skill set z.