Personnel Selection across the Globe

Dirk D. Steiner

in The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Assessment and Selection

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199732579
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Personnel Selection across the Globe

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This chapter reviews research on personnel selection around the world focusing on three topics. First, it examines surveys of selection practices internationally. Then, it considers psychometric concerns when adapting a selection tool for use in another country. Finally, it explores fairness issues when applying selection techniques around the world. The surveys indicate considerable similarity in the use of various personnel selection methods across the globe, with some noteworthy exceptions. The similarities are explained in part by the nature of the surveys conducted, frequently in multinational organizations with North American or European headquarters. The psychometric issues examined include translation and adaptation of tests, response bias, norm development, and factors influencing validity. Applicant reactions and discrimination laws are examined as fairness concerns. Overall, few studies on personnel selection internationally have systematically studied cultural variables associated with their effective application and few cultural variables are represented in the studies conducted.

Keywords: selection; culture; tests; translation; validity; response bias; fairness

Article.  17717 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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