Recruitment and Selection - Introduduction

Recruitment is the process of seeking applicants for positions within a business - on either a general basis or targeted to address particular vacancies. Potential applicants may be interested, but there is no mutual obligation between the possible employee and the employer concerned. Selection takes the next step, where the employer makes a choice between two or more interested applicants. However, it is often not appreciated how applicants also select their future employer. The successful conclusion of both processes is the creation of a legally binding agreement between the employer and the employee.

This chapter will introduce and outline the key recruitment and selection processes, highlighting major issues to consider. Whilst this is necessarily descriptive, views are offered as to the importance of understanding the dynamics and personal interactions involved in order to get the right people into the right roles at the right time. The issues surrounding diversity in recruitment and selection are also discussed. It is vital that any business is able to recruit and select the right staff from the outset.

Goals and objectives for this section

  • To be able to define recruitment and selection.
  • To be able to understand the key business processes are applied.
  • To appreciate the importance of considering diversity in recruitment and selection
  • To outline the different application, screening and selection methods that can be applied.

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