Singapore University of Social Sciences

Personnel Assessment and Selection

Personnel Assessment and Selection (PSY307)


Organisations use effective personnel selection as a source of competitive advantage. Students and practitioners in the field of selection need to have a good understanding of the theories, procedures, and tools behind making good assessment decisions. This course introduces the student to both the theory and practice of assessment and selection. The course teaches students and practitioners how to evaluate, develop, and administer effective assessment and selection procedures, conduct job analysis, identify and measure predictors of performance, and use this information to make sound hiring decisions. The course has a strong theoretical foundation and explores the scientific and theoretical perspective that informs the practice of assessment and selection.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Introduction to Selection and Recruitment of Applicants
  • Job Performance Concepts and Measures
  • Job Analysis in Personnel Selection
  • Measurement in Selection
  • Reliability of Selection Measures
  • Validity of Selection Procedures
  • Strategies for Selection Decision Making
  • Application Forms and Other Assessments
  • The Selection Interview
  • Ability Tests for Selection
  • Personality Assessments and Testing for Counterproductive Work Behaviour
  • Simulation Tests

Learning Outcome

  • Illustrate the challenges of personnel selection procedures and assessments.
  • Demonstrate the complexity of assessing employee performance.
  • Discuss the reliability and validity of selection and assessment measures.
  • Examine the use of recruitment, selection, and assessment measures.
  • Criticize selection techniques and principles.
  • Propose recruitment, selection, and assessment procedures for practical applications.
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