Recruitment and Selection Practices in a Selected Organisation

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RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION PRACTICES IN A SELECTED ORGANISATION Papers published in the Journal of Management Practice electronic journal have been selected on the basis of their superior treatment of a particular subject of relevance to HRM. In most cases , the paper will have it origins in assignment work in units offered for study by the Department of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations. Worthiness for inclusion in the JMP is determined initially by the unit leader/examiner and subsequently endorsed by the JMP editors. In addition, the submission has passed an external process of review. This paper is a report submitted for unit 51373 Human Resource Acquisition and was selected for publication because it provides some useful insights into aspects of recruitment and selection practices in a particular civil engineering and construction firm on the Gold Coast.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The organisation selected is a civil engineering and construction firm. It is based on the Gold Coast and has been established for several years. The firm employs approximately seventy employees, both in the office and in the field. The purpose of this business report is to assess and evaluate the organisation’s recruitment and selection strategy and make constructive recommendations for the improvement of the organisation’s recruitment and selection process. Both interview questions and a questionnaire were used to research and gather information about the organisation’s strategy for recruitment and selection. In the first instance, the organisation was contacted and a meeting arranged with the HR manager. At this meeting, the HR manager provided me with background information regarding the organisation and completed the questionnaire that had been prepared. After the meeting, the information from the questionnaire was analysed and subsequently a set of interview questions was developed. One week later, upon return to the organisation, a structured interview was conducted with the HR manager, with the goal to collect more in-depth information about the organisation and its processes for recruitment and selection. Several issues were identified that the organisation needs to address in the recruitment and selection process. Recruitment preparation needs to have a clear method of communicating requests for vacant or new positions — such as a requisition form or memo. Employment agencies are a beneficial source to use for employing low skilled workers on a temporary basis, in order to keep the workflow uninterrupted, therefore, maintaining acceptable productivity, and lower staff turnover. Metropolitan daily newspapers are a good way of attracting suitable professional candidates for vacant positions. Advertising internally to fill positions and having a structured interview helps ensure that the right applicant is matched with the right job. Advertising internally also helps increase commitment amongst employees. Finally, by developing an orientation program and implementing it with new employees, the organisation can decrease staff turnover and increase commitment.

Journal of Management Practice, 4(1), 166-177 © Penny Clark

Recruitment & Selection

Clarke

1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 Purpose of the Report The purpose of the business report is to examine and assess the organisation’s strategy for recruitment and selection. An attempt to establish what level of understand ing the organisation has of the recruitment and selection process is carried out. In addition, the current strategy and processes used to implement recruitment and selection in the organisation is being assessed. Finally, recommendations will be made based on the information gathered, whilst taking into consideration the current economic climate and the availability of suitable resources. 1.2 Sources of Information The information used to write this business report came from several sources. One such source was a personal communication with the Managing Director....
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