Recruitment and Selection


Course Objective

Advanced Academic and Research Skills
- Students are able to develop and test the validity and reliability of
tools that
can be used for recruitment and selection purposes.

Knowledge of Theory and Methods, and Solving Complex Problems
- Students develop a state-of-the-art knowledge of key topics in
contemporary recruitment and selection.
- Students are able to translate a real-life complex business challenge
or problem into an academically sound instrument to contribute to this
challenge or problem.

Professional Social Skills
- Students are able to execute an effective selection interview, both in
their role as applicant and recruiter

Broadening your horizon and becoming a self-reflective professional are
also part of this course but are not explicitly assessed

Course Content

Recruitment and selection comprise one of the essential functions of
Human Resource Management (HRM). This course will provide theoretical
and practical knowledge of and insights into contemporary issues in the
field of employee recruitment, selection, and assessment. This knowledge
is of utmost importance for HRM graduates, because recruitment and
selection determine the quality of the employees in an organization, and
thereby impact the organization’s performance. Furthermore, numerous HRM
graduates are employed at consultancies/departments involved in
recruitment, selection, and assessment.
Organizational environments in which recruitment and selection
instruments are being used have continued to evolve and generally become
more and more complex. This course will therefore focus on (new)
processes for developing and evaluating such instruments. For example,
you will learn how to conduct structured interviews (both as an
applicant and a recruiter), and in close collaboration with a large
international organization, you will develop your own instrument and
examine its reliability and validity.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Group assignment(s)


Selection of academic papers, which will be announced in the course

Recommended background knowledge

For the group assignment, a basic understanding of quantitative research
methods (e.g., reliability analyses, factor analyses, regressions) is
needed. Prior knowledge about HRM practices, and specifically
recruitment and selection practices, is recommended. A basic
understanding of the HRM function, which is part of the period 1 courses
in the Master HRM, is
needed for this course. Also, basic recruitment and selection knowledge,
which can be found in standard HRM introduction books, will help to be
successful in this course.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_RECS
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. J.K. Oostrom
Examiner dr. J.K. Oostrom
Teaching Staff dr. T.J. Akkermans

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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