Motivated by hiring pipelines, we study three selection and ordering problems in which applicants for a finite set of positions must be interviewed or made offers to. There is a finite time budget for interviewing or making offers, and a stochastic realization after each decision, leading to computationally-challenging problems. In the first problem, we study sequential interviewing and show that a computationally-tractable, non-adaptive policy that must make offers immediately after interviewing is near-optimal, assuming offerees always accept their offers. In the second problem, we assume that applicants have already been interviewed but only accept offers with some probability; we develop a computationally-tractable policy that makes offers for the different positions in parallel, which can be used even if positions are heterogeneous and is approximately optimal relative to a policy that can make the same amount of offers not in parallel. In the third problem, we introduce a model where the hiring firm is tightly time constrained and must send all offers simultaneously in a single time step, with the possibility of hiring over capacity at a cost; we provide nearly-tight bounds for the performance of practically motivated value-ordered policies. All in all, our paper takes a unified approach to three different hiring problems, based on linear programming. Our results in the first two problems generalize and improve the existing guarantees in the literature that were between 1/8 and 1/2 to new guarantees that are at least 1-1/e ≈ 63.2%.
Venue: Sala de Seminario John Von Neumann, CMM, Beauchef 851, Torre Norte, Piso 7.
Speaker: Boris Epstein
Affiliation: GSB, Columbia University
Coordinator: Andrés Cristi