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Employee Selection and Retention

1. Explain what makes a selection method effective and discuss the concepts of reliability, validity, utility, and legality in your response.
2. If there were two equally suited candidates for a position, describe how you would approach the selection of one over the other.
3. Identify the steps or methods the company employs to ensure that high-quality employees are retained.
4. Select two dimensions of job satisfaction. Give examples of how these may or may not contribute to retaining employees.

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1. Explain what makes a selection method effective and discuss the concepts of reliability, validity, utility, and legality in your response.

Effectiveness of utilized selection methods highly increases when the strategic goals of the organization are fully understood. If the strategic goals of the organization remain unknown, an organization cannot hire employees that will meet current needs as well as future needs. Hiring an employee in order to fill a job position versus hiring the right employee that will thrive and succeed in a job position are two very different concepts.

Reliability: In order for a selection method to be reliable, it must be based upon solid organizational and job role understanding. The short term and long term goals of the company must be clear. Along the same lines, the vacant job position's roles and responsibilities must also be clear. The effectiveness of a selection method depends upon this understanding. Even though the initial task of determining goals takes time, it saves a considerable amount of time later in the hiring process.

Validity: Selection methods are the most valid when they ...

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