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Hiring Success: The Art and Science of Staffing Assessment and Employee Selection


Hiring Success: The Art and Science of Staffing Assessment and Employee Selection
By Steven Hunt, Ph.D., SPHR



2007, 287 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-7879-9648-2
SHRMStore Item #: 61.11503

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This is a comprehensive guide for how to use staffing assessments to hire the best employees. Research-based, but written in easy-to-understand terms, this book explains what staffing assessments are, why they work, and how to use them.

This book offers considerable new information on how to describe and think about assessments from the perspective of their accuracy, fairness, and operational value. It places equal balance both on how assessments are designed scientifically and how they are used by companies to guide hiring decisions. Reflecting the author's extensive experience designing and deploying staffing assessments for a wide range of companies and jobs, this book provides a non-technical audience with a thorough source of information on the scientific and operational advantages and disadvantages of different types of assessment tools and strategies.

Hiring Success is an important resource for improving the accuracy and efficiency of hiring selection decisions and effectively incorporating assessments into any company's staffing process. It strikes a balance between the accurate yet complex discussions of assessments found in scientific research journals, and the more engaging but somewhat simplistic discussions of assessments found in many practitioner journals and assessment vendor white papers. It is written for people who are not assessment experts and who do not necessarily wish to become experts, but who want to understand why companies use staffing assessments and how to use them effectively.

Co-published with Pfeiffer.

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 Praise for the Book


"Hiring Success will prove to be a useful handbook and reference guide to HR professionals seeking to better understand and utilize employee selection and assessment tools."--Adam Malamut, Vice President, Human Resources, Marriott International

"Dr. Hunt's book is the perfect combination of decision science and management practice. If you are interested in successful hires you must read this book."--Jac Fitz-Enz, Ph.D., CEO, Human Capital Source

"Dr. Hunt clearly illustrates the critical contribution of improved employee selection methods to the achievement of strategic business goals."--Ann Gowdey, Manager, Assessment and Development, United Technologies Corporation, Learning and Development

"It is simply a useful toolkit filled with helpful suggestions. . . it will make the process a lot smoother in the long-run!"--Maggie Ricketts, PHR, Director, Recruitment & Administration, Luxottica Retail

"A book that is both accessible and scientifically rigorous, an excellent resource for both students and practitioners of HR."--Donald Truxillo, Professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology, Portland State University, Fellow, Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

"Strikes a superb and much needed balance between the complexities of assessments and the practical application and effectiveness they offer as a selection tool."--Paul Riddle, Organizational and Leadership Development Manager, Southeastern Freight Lines

"Hiring Success is a must read for anyone interested in creating a hiring process that is both sound and maximally effective. An excellent reference for using assessments to achieve measurable business results."--Charles Handler, Ph.D. PHR, President, Rocket-Hire Inc.

"Full of useful nuggets, this book helps guide businesses of all kinds. . . . Ensures what you measure aligns with your business objectives and culture."--Vito Romano, Director of Employee Development, Costco Inc.


 Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. What Staffing Assessments Measure, Why They Work, and When to Use Them
Chapter 3. Different Types of Staffing Assessments
Chapter 4. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Staffing Assessments
Chapter 5. Defining Job Performance and Its Relationship to Assessments
Chapter 6. Common Criticisms of Staffing Assessments
Chapter 7. Choosing Among Different Assessment Methods
Chapter 8. Incorporating Staffing Assessments into the Hiring Process
Chapter 9. Conclusion
Glossary of Common Assessment Terms

 About the Author

Steven Hunt, Ph.D., SPHR, is chief scientist for Kronos Talent Management Division. He has helped designed staffing assessment processes that have supported hundreds of thousands of hiring decisions for positions ranging from entry-level staff to senior-level executives.