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Selection and assessment


The module is designed to provide an introduction to key techniques for selection and assessment at work, including issues relating to the reliability and validity of these methods. It also covers the nature of job performance, the relationships between cognitive ability and personality and job performance, psychological processes affecting selection decisions, and fairness.

Learning objectives

At the end of this module students will:

  • Explain the context in which personnel selection takes place.
  • Explain different accounts of the nature of job performance, discuss ways in which performance can be assessed in organizations, and ways in which job performance can be measured.
  • Discuss psychological and other variables which may influence job performance.
  • Discuss psychological and other variables which may influence the selection and assessment process.
  • Describe and evaluate a range of common selection practices and techniques.
  • Discuss statistical and other ways of evaluating the validity and reliability of selection methods, and describe evidence relating to the validity a common selection methods.
  • Critically evaluate various statistical and other approaches to the evaluation of the fairness of selection methods.


One two-hour unseen written examination​.

Recommended reading

  • Gregory, R.J. (2010). Psychological testing: history, principles, and applications (6th ed.). Boston, Mass: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Chamorro-Premuzic, T and Furnham, A. (2010). The Psychology of Personnel Selection. Cambridge University Press Cambridge.
  • Ployhart, R.E., Schneider, B, & Schmitt, N. (2006). Staffing organizations: Contemporary practice and theory (3rd ed.). Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum.