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Managing Human Resources, 3rd Edition by Chloe Mailer, Alan Cowling

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3 Selection methods

            John Lane and Tanya Pyne

3.1 Introduction

The process of selection is perhaps the most important of activities in managing human resources. To say an organisation is only as good as the people in it is a cliché, but like most clichés it is substantially true. Choosing the right person for the job enhances organisation efficiency by ensuring the job is well done. More than this, effective selection can help enable ‘promotion from within’ and make management development policies practical realities. In this latter context selection must be seen in the light of the company’s manpower plan which follows from its business plan.

The importance of good selection is highlighted by the effects of making wrong choices, for ...

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