Case study, Measuring an applicant's characteristics

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This case study focuses on the challenges of effectively measuring applicant knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics. The case specifically considers the quality of measures used.

The majority of Irontown Incorporated’s hiring is focused on finding new employees to fill the position of customer service representative level 1 (CSR1).

The primary job competencies and desired employee characteristics include:

  • fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking)
    • good attendance
    • availability for either morning or evening shift
    • ability to manage conversations with demanding customers
    • basic computer keyboarding skills
    • accurate data entry

Historically, the company’s HR department has used the following assessment method to develop a pool of candidates.

Assessment Method Predicting
Application form, completed on a computer terminal in the HR office Language skills, computer skills and data entry accuracy

Once the pool is developed, the HR department randomly selects applicants from the pool and inquires if they can work any shift. Those who are available are invited to complete a two-week training period. Typically, only about one half of the trainees complete the program and become CSR 1s.

In response to managers’ concerns, the HR department has been charged to develop an assessment method to predict attendance and to incorporate it into the staffing process.


Dear Writer, please review the facts presented and write your analysis. In your case study analysis paper, please answer the following questions:

1.Review the strengths and weaknesses of the current process.
2.Research options for predicting employee attendance.
3.Make a recommendation, with a rationale, for measuring applicant characteristics and ranking the applicants.
4.Discuss potential legal liability associated with the measures recommended.

Please include references, at least seven (7) other than the textbook [Heneman III, G. H., Judge, A. T., &Kammeyer-Mueller, D. J. (2009). Staffing Organizations. (7th ed.). Middleton, WI: Mendota House, Inc.]


Please write this kind of papers (reaction and case study papers) in the format below:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract
  3. Body
  4. Conclusion
  5. Reference page


Please write a paper between 1350-1450 words in length.Please, answer the questions thoroughly.

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