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“Be careful what you wish for.” An experiential exercise in personnel selection

Personnel selection is a key topic in Human Resource Management (HRM) courses. This exercise intends to help students in HRM courses understand fundamental tasks in the selection process. Groups of students act as management teams to determine the suitability of applicants for a job posting for the position of instructor for a future offering of an HRM course. At the start of the exercise, the tasks include determining desirable qualifications and developing and ranking selection criteria based on the job posting and discussions among team members. Subsequently, each group reviews three resumes of fictitious candidates and ranks them based on the selection criteria. A group reflection and plenary discussion follow. Teaching notes, examples of classroom use and student responses are provided.

Nicole Berube
Royal Military College of Canada


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