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The Psychology of Personnel Selection

302 Pages · 2010 · 1.65 MB · English

  • The Psychology of Personnel Selection

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    Thisengagingandthought-provokingtextintroducesthemaintechniques,


    theories,researchanddebatesinpersonnelselection,helpingstudentsand


    practitionerstoidentifythemajorpredictorsofjobperformanceaswellas


    themostsuitablemethodsforassessingthem.TomasChamorro-Premuzic


    andAdrianFurnhamprovideacomprehensive,criticalandup-to-datereview


    oftheconstructsweuseinassessingpeople–intelligence,personality,cre-


    ativity, leadership and talent – and explore how these help us to predict


    differencesinindividuals’performance.Coveringselectiontechniquessuch


    asinterviews,references,biographicaldata,judgementtestsandacademic


    performance,ThePsychologyofPersonnelSelectionprovidesalivelydis-


    cussionofboththetheorybehindtheuseofsuchtechniquesandtheevidence


    fortheir usefulness and validity. The Psychology of Personnel Selection is


    essentialreadingforstudentsofpsychology,businessstudies,management


    andhumanresources,aswellasforanyoneinvolvedinselectionandassess-


    mentatwork.


    tomas chamorro-premuzic is a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths,


    research fellow at UCL, and visiting professor at NYU in London. He


    isaworld-renownedexpertinpersonality,intelligenceandpsychometrics,


    and makes frequent media appearances providing psychological expertise


    ontheseissues.


    adrian furnham is Professor of Psychology at UCL. He is also a


    consultant on organisational behaviour and management, and a writer and


    broadcaster. His columns have appeared in management magazines such


    asMasteringManagementandHumanResources,aswellastheFinancial


    Times,SundayTimesandDailyTelegraph. The Psychology of


    Personnel Selection


    Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic


    Adrian Furnham CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS


    Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore,


    São Paulo, Delhi, Dubai, Tokyo


    Cambridge University Press


    The Edinburgh Building, Cambridge CB2 8RU, UK


    Published in the United States of America by Cambridge University Press, New York


    www.cambridge.org


    Information on this title: www.cambridge.org/9780521868297


    © Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Adrian Furnham 2010


    This publication is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the


    provision of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part


    may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press.


    First published in print format 2010


    ISBN-13 978-0-511-77005-0 eBook (NetLibrary)


    ISBN-13 978-0-521-86829-7 Hardback


    ISBN-13 978-0-521-68787-4 Paperback


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    accurate or appropriate. Formyfather,inthehopethathesurvivesthisandmanylatereditions


    –TC-P


    ForAlison,whoisparticularlytalentedatpersonnelselection


    –AF Contents


    Listofboxes pageviii


    Listoffigures ix


    Listoftables xiii


    Prologueandacknowledgements xv


    Part1: Methodsofpersonnelselection 1


    1 Early,unscientificmethods 3


    2 Theinterview 30


    3 Lettersofrecommendation 52


    4 Biodata 62


    5 SituationaljudgementtestsandGPA 75


    Part2: Constructsforpersonnelselection 93


    6 Generalmentalability 95


    7 Personalitytraits 124


    8 Creativity 175


    9 Leadership 191


    10 Talent 216


    References 235


    Index 278


    vii Boxes


    2.1 Aspectsofthecandidateassessedinaninterview page38


    5.1 SJTsampleitemor‘scenario’ 76


    5.2 Summaryof1920s–2000sresearchonSJTs 76


    5.3 SJTscoringmethods 77


    7.1 Situationalism:underminingpersonalitytraits 131


    7.2 Noaversiveimpact 133


    7.3 Thepolygraphandthequestforanobjectivepersonalitytest 159


    7.4 Theftestimatesintheworkplace 162


    10.1 Howdoyouidentifyyourcriticaltalent? 220


    10.2 Performance/promotabilitymatrix 223


    10.3 Factorscontributingtohigh-flyerperformance 227


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