Recruiting and Selection

Write a research paper in which you address the recruiting and selection functions of a selected organization, based on information you have gathered and analyzed about the organization.

Attracting top talent that fits the organization is of considerable importance. The ability to attract talented people is one of the foundational skills for any HR professional and one that will be utilized throughout your career. In addition to attracting top talent, you must make the decision about whom to bring on board and in what relationship: full time, part time, or contract.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Apply human resource strategies to business needs.
    • Explain the selection processes.
  • Competency 3: Examine core functions of Human Resource Management.
    • Describe the organizational labor situation.
    • Explain recruiting policies and methods.
    • Analyze elements that affect the ability of an organization to attract and retain talent.
  • Competency 4: Appreciate the strategic value of HRM within a competitive global business environment.
    • Analyze the talent acquisition processes.

    Many think of the human resources (HR) function in organizations as focused on performing specific organizational tasks, such as hiring, firing, and training. This is the traditional perspective of HR, but it is not optimal when linking the HR function to an organization’s business goals. Strong HR functions should be considered part of the strategic fabric of the organization. HR plays an integral role and serves as a true business partner that provides increasingly innovative, results-oriented business solutions. The role of HR in any company is as diverse as the companies and organizations operating in our global business environment.In any organization, employees drive innovation, creativity, and the bottom line. Employees also consume a significant percentage of an organization’s resources (for example, time and money). They represent a tremendous investment that needs to be carefully selected, nurtured, and groomed to maximize the organization’s return on investment (ROI). Maximizing ROI is crucial for business today. This concept applies equally to all facets of an organization, including the human resources it employs.

    What makes one candidate better than another? Is it sheer knowledge? Potential to grow? Best credentials? Easiest to fit into the organization? While seemingly simple, these questions are common to every organization that needs to hire someone to fit some need.
  • To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.SHOW LESS
    • How has social media changed the recruiting and selection process in the last five years?
    • How might social media be used to attract the best candidates for employment?
    • What are some of the challenges in using social media this way?
  • Suggested Resources

    The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

    Library Resources

    The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:


    Course Library Guide

    A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the BUS-FP3040 – Fundamentals of Human Resource Management Library Guide to help direct your research.

    Bookstore Resources

    The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.

    • Noe, R. A., Hollenbeck, J. R., Gerhart, B., & Wright, P. M. (2018). Fundamentals of human resource management (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
  • Preparation

    Before beginning the assessment, complete the following:

    • Choose an organization to use for this assessment. It can be where you are currently employed or a company with which you are familiar. It must be an organization that is researchable, as you will need to gather and analyze information in order to complete the assessment. You may use the same organization for the other assessments.
    • If you choose the organization where you are currently employed, please keep in mind that the analyses you make must be based on facts that can be documented rather than your personal opinion as an employee.
    • Research the recruiting and selection functions of the chosen organization.


    Based on your research into the recruiting and selection functions of the organization you selected, write a research paper in which you complete the following:

    • Describe the organization’s current state of labor (for example, shortages, surplus, et cetera), including any recent changes in labor needs (shortages, temporary workers).
    • Explain the recruiting policies and methods being used by the organization.
    • Analyze the talent acquisition processes of the organization.
    • Explain the selection process used, including testing, background checks, drug screening, interviews, and so on.
    • Analyze elements of the organization that contribute to its image as an employer (for example, compensation, geographic location, size, et cetera). How do these elements affect the ability of the organization to attract and retain talent?

    Please note: You must address all the required elements of this assessment. If details for any of the bulleted points are unavailable, research the topic and present recommendations you believe would be best for the organization, along with your supporting rationale.

    Additional Requirements

    • Your submitted assessment should include a title page, introduction, body, conclusion, and reference page.
    • Be sure you support your analyses with references to at least two resources.
    • You should format this assessment as a research paper following APA 6th edition guidelines for both style and citing sources, making sure that you also use correct grammar and mechanics.
    • There is no required minimum or maximum page length; however, you should strive to be as detailed as possible in addressing each bullet point, while also being as clear and concise as possible.

Analyzes the organizational labor situation.

Evaluates recruiting policies and methods

Evaluates the talent acquisition processes

Analyzes the selection processes.

Evaluates elements that affect the ability of an organization to attract and retain talent.