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Recruitment and Selection

Recruitment and Selection
Strategies for Workforce Planning & Assessment

April 2019 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The workforce is changing and talent management is more important than ever. Recruitment and Selection: Strategies for Workforce Planning & Assessment unpacks best practices for designing, implementing, and evaluating strategies for hiring the right people. Using a proven job analysis framework, author Carrie A. Picardi uses her academic and industry experience to teach students how to assess candidates in an accurate, legal, and ethical manner. With clarity and relevance, this book truly bridges theory and concept with practice in an engaging manner and will benefit students who need to hit the ground running to successfully manage workforce needs and activities in a myriad professional settings.

About the Author
1. Introduction to Workforce Planning and Assessment
What is “Work”? The Organization of Work and Jobs

The Evolution of Work Structure

Organizing the Work: Jobs and Job Families

The Logistics of Work

Strategic Job Redesign and Its Benefits

The Role of Human Resources in Workforce Planning and Assessment

Organizational Best Practices: Spotlight on Job Rotation at HSBC

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2. Legal Compliance and Ethical Considerations
Legal Compliance in Workforce Employment Decisions

U.S. Legislation and Equal Employment Opportunity

Assessment of Legal Compliance in Workforce Employment Decisions

Ethical Employment Considerations

Organizational Best Practices: Embracing Workforce Diversity at MasterCard

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3. Job Analysis and Design
Phase 1: Identify the Job to Examine

Phase 2: Determine Appropriate Information Sources and Collect Job-Related Data

Phase 3: Organize and Analyze Data

Organizational Best Practices: Discovering Data in New Places—Job Analysis Leverages Social Networking Tools

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4. Job Description and Competency Model Development
Job Descriptions in a Perfect World

Job Description Structure and Format

Competency Models

Organizational Best Practices: Examining Global Leader Competencies at McKinsey & Company

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5. Job Evaluation
The Job Evaluation Process

Step 1: Obtain Job KSAOs, Qualifications, Working Conditions, and Essential Duties

Step 2: Examine Compensable Factors Using the Rating/Weighting Evaluation Method

Step 3: Add Factor Points Together to Determine Overall Job Value

Spotlight on Hay Group—Pioneer in Job Evaluation

Determining Compensation using Job Evaluation Data

Legal and Ethical Considerations for Job Evaluation

Organizational Best Practices: Behind the Scenes of an Online Salary Survey—Payscale’s Data Methodology

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6. Recruitment Strategy
Factors Affecting Recruitment

Recruitment Strategy: An Internal Approach

Recruitment Strategy: An External Approach

Recruitment Legal and Ethical Considerations

Organizational Best Practices: Groupon’s Innovative Recruitment and Its People Blog

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7. Selection and Interview Strategy
Interview Strategy and Process

Developing Effective Interviewers

Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Interview Process

Organizational Best Practices: A Holistic Interview Process at Whole Foods Market

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8. Selection: Simulations and Assessment Centers

Assessment Centers

Legal and Ethical Considerations for Simulations and Assessment Centers

Organizational Best Practices: Spotlight on Vodafone’s Assessment Center Strategy

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9. Selection: Employment Testing
History of Testing in Occupational Selection

Assessment of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Personality Assessment

Honesty and Integrity Assessment

Administration of Tests and Assessments

Test Score Interpretation for Selection Decision Making

Validity and Reliability of Testing Measures

Legal and Ethical Issues of Employment Testing

Organizational Best Practices: Identifying Strengths and Talents, the Facebook Way

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10. Making the Hire—Final Assessment of Candidate–Job Fit
Biodata and Application Forms

Spotlight on Technology: Implications of Using Social Media Content in Hiring Decisions

Background Checks

Reference Checks

Preemployment Testing

Making a Job Offer

A Final Word: Transitioning from Job Candidate to Employee

Organizational Best Practices: Technology-Driven Reference Checks? There’s an App for That

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Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:


  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer flexibility when creating multimedia lectures so you don’t have to start from scratch but you can customize to your exact needs.
  • Test banks in Word format provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

“If you are searching for a textbook that has the perfect balance of breadth and depth of the topics covered in staffing—then please consider adopting Picardi’s textbook. Additionally, and more importantly, it is also perfect blend of theory and practice as every chapter ends with thought provoking application based material such as case analysis etc. in addition to the ancillary materials provided by the author for both students and faculty.”

Veena P. Prabhu
California State University Los Angeles

“Picardi provides an easy-to-read and follow text that covers all the major elements of the recruitment and selection process while providing practical applications and opportunities.”

Matthew A. Fuss
Geneva College

“The strength of this text is the emphasis on the importance of the job analysis and how it flows throughout the staffing process.”

Carl J. Blencke
University of Central Florida

“Written by a seasoned practitioner, this book is full of real-world insight into staffing and recruiting. The text is accessible to the student or new HR practitioner working to understand the strategic and aspects of recruiting, along with the necessary compliance considerations and great how-to tools throughout.”

Laura L. Sankovich
Capella University

“The book is very informative on staffing with relevant examples from several organizations.” 

Pramila Rao
Marymount University

“An excellent “how to” approach for recruitment and selection.  This textbook develops skills that transfer learning to the work environment, which translates to saving time, money and resources for the individual and organization.”

Joanne W. Hix
Dallas Baptist University

The text is very good. It has good academic content and cases.

Ms Laura Salas Arbelaez
Business Administration, Universidad Del Valle (US BU)
September 25, 2019
Key features


  • A focus on job analysis underscores the critical importance of job analysis to the entire recruitment and selection process.
  • 'How-to" Tools and Forms present real-world samples of HR forms and descriptions for designing and developing various HR systems.
  • Legal and Ethical Implications integrated throughout the text reinforce the importance of making compliant legal and ethical hiring decisions.
  • “Spotlight On…” features show how real-world companies like Groupon, Whole Foods, and Facebook are attracting and choosing the best job candidates.

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