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Recruitment and Selection

Recruitment and Selection
Strategies for Workforce Planning & Assessment


March 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.
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  
Chapter Summary  
2. Legal Compliance and Ethical Considerations
Legal Compliance in Workforce Employment Decisions  
US Legislation & Equal Employment Opportunity  
Assessment of Legal Compliance in Workforce Employment Decisions  
Ethical Employment Considerations  
Chapter Summary  
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  
Chapter Summary  
4. Job Description and Competency Model Development
Job Descriptions in a Perfect World  
Job Description Structure and Format  
FLSA Status/Category  
Competency Models  
Organizational Best Practices & Case Studies  
Chapter Summary  
5. Job Evaluation
The Job Evaluation Process  
Step 1: Obtain Job KSAO’s, Qualifications, Working Conditions, & Essential Duties  
Step 2: Examine Compensable Factors Using 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 & Ethical Considerations for Job Evaluation  
Chapter Summary  
6. Recruitment Strategy
Factors Affecting Recruitment  
Recruitment Strategy: An Internal Approach  
Recruitment Strategy: An External Approach  
Recruitment Legal and Ethical Considerations  
Organizational Best Practices  
Chapter Summary  
7. Selection: Selection and Interview Strategy
Interview Strategy & Process  
Developing Effective Interviewers  
Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Interview Process  
Organizational Best Practices  
Chapter Summary  
8. Selection: Simulations and Assessment Centers
Assessment Centers  
Legal and Ethical Considerations for Simulations and Assessment Centers  
Organizational Spotlight: Vodafone’s Assessment Center Strategy  
Chapter Summary  
9. Selection: Employment Testing
History of Testing in Occupational Selection  
Assessment of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  
Personality Assessment  
Honesty & 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 & Case Studies  
Chapter Summary  
10. Making the Hire—Final Assessment and Candidate-Job Fit
Biodata & Application Forms  
Spotlight on Technology: Implications of Using Social Media Content in Hiring Decisions  
Background Checks  
Reference Checks  
Pre-Employment Testing  
Making a Job Offer  
A Final Word: Transitioning from Job Candidate to Employee  
Organizational Best Practices: Technology-Driven Reference Checks  


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
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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