I have a question about how to refer to a particular concept. The concept is that a hiring system (or any system in which you select individual elements from a population with a lot of noise) can be inclined one of two ways:
- it can be overly strict in filtering out and eliminating candidates, giving you a very low chance to make bad hires, but at the cost of missing out on some good hires, thus you will get some false negatives.
- it can be overly lenient in filtering out and eliminating candidates, giving you a very low chance to miss out on good hires, but at the cost of a higher probability of hiring some bad fits as well, thus you will get some false positives.
(of course, striking the perfect balance between strict and lenient would be lovely, but I think that hiring is "messy" enough with enough "irreducible unpredictability" that it isn't feasible to have that perfect balance, although I would love to be proven wrong.)
So my question is: how should I talk about these two inclinations? When I describe hiring for a role, how can I describe these inclinations without writing a paragraph? This isn't a novel concept, so I assume that recruiting professionals or researchers of personnel selection have created terminology for this. Does anyone have any ideas?