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Human resources: recruitment and selection
Does the recruitment and selection process fill you with dread? Discrimination and...
Does the recruitment and selection process fill you with dread? Discrimination and equal opportunities legislation can make this area feel like a minefield. If you are faced with appointing a new employee, then this unit will provide a straight-forward guide to the process: from writing job descriptions to finally assessing who to appoint.
After studying this unit you should be able to:
- list the skills and knowledge needed to conduct full and fair recruitment and selection, and be able to undertake it systematically.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Overview
- 2 Effective recruitment and selection
- 3 Person–job fit or person–organisation fit?
- 4 Specifying job and person requirements
- 4.1 Initial assessment
- 4.2 Job analysis
- 4.3 Organisational analysis
- 4.4 Job description
- 4.5 Person specification
- 4.6 Recruiting and selecting internal candidates
- 4.7 Attracting applicants
- 4.8 Advertising
- 4.9 Further particulars, application forms and dealing with paperwork
- 4.10 Shortlisting
- 4.11 References
- 4.12 Candidates make decisions too
- 5 Methods of selection
- 5.1 The interview as a selection method: pros and cons
- 5.2 Tests as a selection tool
- 5.3 The selection interview
- 5.4 Structuring the interview
- 5.5 Closing and deciding
- 6 Summary
Human resources: recruitment and selection
This unit is from our archive and it is an adapted extract from The professional certificate in management (B615) which is no longer in presentation. If you wish to study formally at The Open University, you may wish to explore the courses we offer in this
In this session we look at the first stage of managing people – attracting and selecting staff. Recruitment and selection are usually considered as one process. However, we will make the distinction here between the initial actions and considerations when planning staff recruitment and the process of selecting an individual from a pool of applicants. Recruitment needs to be carefully planned in order to attract the right type of applicant. Ultimately, this increases the chances of making a suitable selection and appointment. Your involvement may be limited to a discussion of the need for a particular job within your team or work area, or you may be required to interview job applicants. Whatever your involvement, this session makes it clear that it is important for you to understand the whole process to make an effective contribution to the staffing of your organisation.
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This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Human Resources course units or view the range of currently available OU Human Resources courses.