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Selection Tools and Hiring Programs

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Task One:
1. Name three selection tools that you would consider using for a hiring program at a supermarket.
2. Choose what you think is the best selection tool or combination of selection tools.
3. Justify your choice by describing the advantages of your method compared to other selection tools that were considered.

Task Two:
1. Compile a list of interview questions for a chemical engineer.
2. Explain what interviewing method you would use and why it is preferred over others.
3. Detail the considerations in reaching hiring decisions for this position.

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Task One:
1. Name three selection tools that you would consider using for a hiring program at a supermarket.
Applications, interviews and reference checks are the tools that I would consider using for a hiring program at a supermarket.

2. Choose what you think is the best selection tool or combination of selection tools.
The best selection tools that I would be using would be a combination of application, references and interviewing.

3. Justify your choice by describing the advantages of your method compared to other selection tools that were considered.
The advantage of my method is that the application gives me the basic information about the candidate, his age, sex, educational qualification and work experience. Only those candidates whose specifics match my requirements will be the individuals short-listed for an interview. For example, I want a person who has completed high school for the post of salesman. If an applicant has not completed high school or is overqualified, that individual will not be called by me for an interview. During the interview I will be able to see and judge the candidate as to whether he will be able to describe the product's features, demonstrate the use of products, show different models and colors, describe warranties, make out sales checks, receive payments and bag the purchases.

After this stage, those candidates that have been ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides a very detailed response of about 840 words, including several references, which discusses two different hiring based scenarios: the first at a supermarket and the second hiring a chemical engineer. The selection tools which would be used and a discussion of possible interview questions are considered in the response.

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Three Selection Tools:

? Criminal background check
? Drug test
? Aptitude skills test

Interviewing Methods I Would Prefer Over The Other Methods.

I find that a criminal background check would be a relevant employee selection tool for both positions. Especially for a supermarket worker. For example, several years ago, I worked for a well known fast food restaurant. At the time, my hours at the restaurant conflicted with school hours and I was unable to maintain an adequate GPA, I ended up quitting due to those circumstances. Unfortunately, my departure from the company unleashed a manner of evil no one expected. Management hired a new employee who appeared to be a decent worker. Surprisingly, the new employee ended up killing one of my ex-coworkers for petty cash in the register. Had the organization conducted a criminal background check, management would have been able to prevent such a horrific act. I feel as though a criminal background check is one of the best employment selection methods to utilize.

Advantage: Prevention of random acts of violence or unlawful employee conduct. A background check will give an organization the ability to make an informed decision on which candidate to extend a job offer to and which candidate to eliminate. It will also give an organization an opportunity to identify registered sex offenders, which is a critical source of information for any employer, especially if the candidate will be working closely with people, i.e. children, staff members, and/or consumers.

Disadvantage: conducting a background check would alienate certain individuals who may be trying to turn their life around for the better. There may be extenuating circumstances of illegal wrong-doing, however, a criminal history may prevent an individual from obtaining employment. If for instance, an individual needed to find employment as one of the terms and conditions of probation, an individual may be at a huge disadvantage if an organization does not render employment services to the individual.

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