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The Psychology of Personnel Selection


  • 5 b/w illus. 24 tables
  • Page extent: 300 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.75 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 658.3/112019
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: HF5549.5.S38 C45 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Employee selection
    • Employees--Recruiting

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521868297)

This engaging and thought-provoking text introduces the main techniques, theories, research and debates in personnel selection, helping students and practitioners to identify the major predictors of job performance as well as the most suitable methods for assessing them. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Adrian Furnham provide a comprehensive, critical and up-to-date review of the constructs we use in assessing people – intelligence, personality, creativity, leadership and talent – and explore how these help us to predict differences in individuals' performance. Covering selection techniques such as interviews, references, biographical data, judgement tests and academic performance, The Psychology of Personnel Selection provides a lively discussion of both the theory behind the use of such techniques and the evidence for their usefulness and validity. The Psychology of Personnel Selection is essential reading for students of psychology, business studies, management and human resources, as well as for anyone involved in selection and assessment at work.

• Comprehensive coverage of the main approaches to personnel selection • The authors adopt a critical approach, explaining and discussing their implications and applications, and integrating their own expertise with existing research in the area • Includes chapters on social-emotional intelligences, creativity and leadership – contemporary topics not yet covered in other books


Part I. Methods of Personnel Selection: 1. Early, unscientific methods; 2. The interview; 3. Letters of recommendation; 4. Biodata; 5. Situational judgment tests and GPA; Part II. Constructs for Personnel Selection: 6. General mental ability; 7. Personality traits; 8. Creativity; 9. Leadership; 10. Talent.


'The authors are to be congratulated on writing an up-to-date and accessible text that presents the field of personnel assessment in an interesting and innovative way.' Clive Fletcher, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick and Managing Director, Personnel Assessment Limited

'An easy to read and authoritative review of personnel assessment – a critical topic in the modern war for talent – by two accomplished writers with impeccable academic credentials. Comprehensive and integrated, this is an indispensable guide to best practices.' Robert Hogan, President of Hogan Assessment Systems

'Chamorro-Premuzic and Furnham's volume spans a remarkable range of topics on selection and assessment and provides comprehensive coverage of every one of them. It is difficult to come away from this book without being impressed by its depth, detail and ability to convey complex scientific ideas in a lucid and straightforward manner.' K. V. Petrides, Department of Psychology, University College London

'Impressively comprehensive in its coverage of topics and noteworthy for its even-handed presentation of much debated issues, including intelligence testing and faking effects in personnel selection. This book will be a handy reference to I/O professionals working in personnel selection as well as serving as a succinct and accurate introduction to graduate students entering the field. The authors are to be congratulated!' Vish C. Viswesvaran, Department of Psychology, Florida International University

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