MAN 649: Human Resource Recruitment and Selection

In this course, we will be focusing on two important aspects of human resource management: recruitment and staff selection. Starting with the job analysis as a point of departure, this course will take you through the various stages of the recruitment and selection process up to the point where a candidate is selected for a specific job. The lectures are set to take place during the first half of the semester and will cover the following topics:

  • Determination of job requirements
  • Function and structure of a job description
  • Determination and evaluation (weighting) of selection criteria
  • Identification of suitable recruitment channels
  • Methods for attracting potential applicants – as well as their advantages and disadvantages (e.g. Internet, recruitment agencies, headhunters, press advertising, social networks)
  • Methods for assessing applicants – as well as their advantages and disadvantages (including application forms interviews, work sampling, psychometric instruments)
  • Development of a criteria methodology matrix
  • Quality management of recruitment and personnel selection
  • During the exercise sessions, which are scheduled for the second half of the semester, topics covered during the lectures will be further elaborated through case studies, group assignments, practical group exercises and plenary discussions.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will able to:

  • perform job analyses and develop job descriptions,
  • derive selection criteria from job analyses,
  • assess recruitment methods according to their benefits and drawbacks,
  • assess selection methods according to their benefits and drawbacks,
  • develop complex selection plans (criteria-methodology-matrix),
  • and identify and apply quality requirements for recruitment and personnel selection.

Necessary prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS8 SWS
Exercise class2 SWS5 SWS
ECTS credits6
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (60 min, 75%), assignment (25%)
Restricted admissionno
Further information
Performing lecturer
Frank C.Danesy
Dr. Frank Danesy
Dr. Frank Danesy
Frequency of offeringFall semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. Bus. Edu., M.Sc. Econ., M.Sc. Bus. Inf., LL.M., MAKUWI
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 2
  • Heneman, H. G., Judge, T. A., & Kammeyer-Mueller, J. D. (2012). Staffing Organizations, Seventh Edition (International Edition). Middleton, WI: McGraw-Hill.
  • Phillips, J.M. and Gully, S. (2015). Strategic Staffing, Third Edition. New York, Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  • Ployhart, R. E., Schneider, B., & Schmitt, N. (2006). Staffing Organizations: Contemporary Practice and Theory (3rd ed.). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers.
Course outlineJob Analysis
Forecasting and Planning
Sourcing and Recruitment
External Recruitment
Internal Recruitment
External Selection
External Selection
Internal Selection
Decision Making; Contractual and other Aspects