For example, a good portion of doctors absolutely hated using checklists. Yet, when pressed, readily admitted that it prevents simple mistakes and that they would prefer to have them rather than not to. Another is that entries that address more human concerns, e.g. "Have everyone introduce themselves", have a place on good checklists.
At a high level, this is all about Deming ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Edwards_Deming ) and TQM concepts -- if you want to achieve a high-quality output, measure the things that matter, and understand the variation present in the system. Once you have a stable system with good data achieved by good methods, you may then begin improving it. Attempting to improve a complex system without knowledge results in unpredictable changes—we call that tampering. Simple but beautiful.
So, in essence, this is an extremely natural and correct application of quality management principles to the hiring process. Stellar.