Book Reviews: Recruitment, Selection and Termination

Competing for Talent: Key Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Becoming an Employer of Choice, by Nancy S. Ahlrichs. Davies-Black Publishing.
Shows how selected companies have become employers of choice, and how they attract and retain people. The first section shows how to document the cost of turnover. It gives specifics on how to enhance an organization's profile with customers and employees. Part two goes into the details of effective recruiting. The last section is devoted to techniques for retention. The final chapter is devoted to the special challenges of attracting and retaining information technology talent. Solid content. Recommended. 254 pp. 2000.

The Employee Recruitment and Retention Handbook, by Diane Arthur. AMACOM.
Provides guidelines for recruitment and selection, and development of programs for attracting and retaining employees. Chapter headings are: profiling of a changing workforce; attracting and retaining top performers; compensation and benefits packages; recruitment sources and techniques; electronic recruiting; competency-based recruiting and interviewing; contingent workers; why employees leave; rewards, recognition, and opportunities; balancing work with personal life; and a summary of a variety of future trends including partnering with educational institutions. Includes an employee benefits glossary and an appendix on legal issues. The book reflects the most current trends and practices. Recommended. 400 pp. 2001.

Finding, Hiring, and Keeping Peak Performers: Every Managers Guide, by Harry E. Chambers. Perseus Books.
Written for front-line managers, the book provides step-by-step guidelines for building and retaining a top-notch workforce. It includes comments and tips from business professionals. Most of the book focuses on finding, screening, interviewing, selecting, and presenting offers to a candidates. There is a chapter on creating the culture of retention and another on managerial strategies geared to retention. This is a straightforward, hands-on, and easy-read book with loads of to-the-point advice. Excellent for managers charged with the task of finding, selecting and keeping employees. Strongly recommended. 325 pp. 2001.

Hiring and Keeping the Best People, by Harvard Business School Press.
A clear and concise guide for managers providing the essentials about hiring and retaining good employees. The book is filled with tips, illustrations, case studies, a glossary, and more. A few of the many topics covered include: interviewing; evaluating candidates; making the decision and offer; recruiting on line; deciding when to use an outside professional; the importance of organizational culture; pros and cons of psychological testing. An outstanding value. 270 pp. 2002.

Hiring in Good Times and Bad: A Comprehensive Guide to Entry-Level Staffing, by T. Scott McTague. Greenwood Press, Inc. (Quorum Books).
Covers best practices concerning proper methodology for creating and conducting interviews, researching and using tests, and complying with legal requirements for recruiting and hiring. This is a very thoughtful, detailed and in-depth book. Highly recommended. 216 pp. 2001.

Impact Hiring, by Frederick W. Ball and Barbara B. Ball. Prentice Hall Press.
Describes a powerful approach to hiring employees. Places the focus on the interview process, as well as defining the ideal success profile and negotiating a win-win package. The book contains guidelines and useful examples and techniques. Recommended. 320 pp. 2001.

Individual Assessment: As Practiced in Industry and Consulting, by Erich P Prien, S. Schippmann Jeffery, and Kristin O. Prien. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
This is a thorough and in-depth treatment of the subject of assessment. It includes a model for understanding assessment as a flow consisting of five steps: 1) job modeling; 2) establishing the assessment protocol; 3) conducting the assessment; 4) integrating and interpreting information to arrive at judgments about expected outcomes; and 5) feedback, reporting and program evaluation. The book concludes with sections that examine a range of legal, ethical, service-provider training, and business management topics that impact the real-world conduct of assessments. Includes several technical appendixes, mostly concerning work activities and competency taxonomies for a variety of types of jobs, such as managerial and executive. Detailed and extremely rich in content. 296 pp. 2003.

Managing Selection in Changing Organizations: Human Resource Strategies, by Jerard F. Kehoe and Eduardo Salas (Editors) . Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers.
Designed as a complete sourcebook for selection professionals, describes in considerable detail the organizational, regulatory and professional factors that impact the effectiveness of selection programs. Shows how changes in organizations have reshaped selection programs and examines the linkages between selection and other HR systems. Chapters also analyze case law regarding discrimination and the treatment of people with handicaps. A concluding section explores the link between selection research and practice, and social policy, The essays are written by leading theorists and practitioners. This is an excellent, highly technical work. 486 pp. 2000.

Online Recruiting: How to Use the Internet to Find Your Best Hires, by Graham, Donna. Davies-Black Publishing.
Provides information, methods and practical suggestions. Discusses how to locate the best Web sites and places to post job openings. Presents guidance on examples of job postings. Shows how to tap into low or no-cost job posting sites, free resume banks, and niche sites. Includes a directory of Web sites. This is a practical how-to book. Recommended. 256 pp. 2000.

On Staffing: Advice and Perspectives from HR Leaders, by Burkholder, Nicholas; Edwards Sr., Preston J. and Sartain, Libby John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
This is an array of fifty informative contributions by leading experts and senior executives. It provides up-to-date coverage of approaches, methods, trends and practices. Touches on every aspect of the human capital cycle including: labor markets; recruiting; employer branding; networking; search firms; staffing approaches; building human capital (work force); development; and retention. Excellent resource. 420 pp. 2002.

The Right CEO: Straight Talk About Making Tough CEO Selection Decisions, by Frederick W. Wackerle. Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers.
Written by an executive search consultant, the book highlights common errors made in selecting a CEO and offers an approach to improve this process. Major points are highlighted. While the focus is on CEOs, the book provides good basic guidelines applicable to recruiting at the senior management and all leadership levels. Cases are used to make key points and provide for interesting and informative reading. Recommended. 191 pp. 2001.

Strategic Interviewing: How to Hire Good People, by Richaurd Camp, Mary E. Vielhaber and Jack L. Simonetti. Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers (Simon & Schuster).
This enormously rich reference on interviewing provides truly detailed step-by-step guidelines. The book aims to help the reader: develop realistic goals and manage the interview process; clearly define performance expectations; develop and ask job-related and performance-focused questions; decide on answers before asking questions; assure effective communication and accurate measurement; and use behavioral decision-making to predict performance on the job. Among many deliverables, this book offers guidelines for developing an interviewer guide; a template for interviewee day for on-site visit; a guideline and checklist for improving the allocation of time in an interview; an action plan for preparing for and conducting an interview; and making a selection. You could not ask for a more comprehensive guide. This is a winner. 181 pp. 2001.

Weddle's Recruiters Guide to Employment Web Sites, by Peter D. Weddle. AMACOM.
Describes the basic contents of 350 web sites for use by corporate and third-party recruiters. Site profiles include: the site's fee for posting a job and other recruitment support services; data on the site's activity level; age of site; and sources used to obtain resumes. Includes a cross-referenced index to identify sites by primary occupational fields, and a process for identifying the best sites for specific recruiting needs. Excellent reference. Great book for anyone in staffing and recruiting. 375 pp. 2001.

Zero Defect Hiring: A Quick Guide to the Most Important Decisions Managers Have to Make, by Walter Anthony Dinteman, Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer.
A brief but beefy book covering all the steps and practices to follow for finding and hiring the right people. The book is filled with to-the-point guidelines. One of the best books on the subject. 125 pp. 2003.