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Selection and assessment

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Academic Direction
Birkbeck, University of London
Modes of Study

This module addresses the context for selection and assessment. It covers some of the key methodological approaches that are relevant to selection and assessment, including issues relating to the reliability and validity of these methods. The module also investigates measures that are popular in employee selection, including application forms, interviews, ability tests, personality assessment, and assessment centres.

Please note the availability of this module is for Term 3: April to July.

Learning objectives

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • describe and evaluate contextual considerations for employee selection.
  • apply an array of theoretical perspectives to the measurement and predictive characteristics of assessment methods.
  • critically evaluate methodological issues in selection and assessment, including reliability and validity.
  • critically evaluate empirical, peer-reviewed research relating to selection and assessment.


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.