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This science-based book is part of the Nelson Education series in human resources management (HRM) and provides a comprehensive account of the best practices in recruitment and selection of talent in a Canadian context. This thoroughly researched, up-to-date and well-structured book, written by Victor M. Catano, Willi H. Wiesner and Rick D. Hackett, and edited by Monica Belcourt, addresses current and progressive scientific, theoretical, legal and practical elements of recruitment and selection in Canada.

In today’s rapidly changing, unpredictable and competitive organizational environments, organizations should be staffed with people capable of performing their assigned roles and responsibilities. In order to accomplish this goal, HRM professionals must stay acquainted with the latest advancements applicable to Canadian organizations through continuous learning. This book offers easy-to-read, reliable, valid, and up-to-date knowledge of the current issues and practices that are used in recruiting and selecting employees within a Canadian context. Each of the chapters describes current thinking based on the most recent theorizing and research as reflected in the HR literature. Chapter 1 introduces the importance and relevance of recruitment and selection to Canadian organizations, and examines the relationship between legislative requirements and the social/economic environment that plays an important role in this process. Chapter 2 begins with an illustration of a typical hiring process and goes on to examine basic concepts of reliability and validity that underlie current recruitment and selection practices. Chapter 3 presents an overview of the key legislation and legal requirements that affect the practice of recruitment and selection in Canada, exemplified with the most significant cases that have had a major impact on recruitment and selection. Chapter 4 discusses the relevance of job and work analyses, as well as competency models, to HR development. Chapter 5 examines job-related performance and measures as integral criteria in building and validating selection systems that will meet professional and legal standards. Chapter 6 reviews the role of recruitment in the overall HR strategy, while chapter 7 introduces procedures commonly used in applicant screening. Then, chapter 8 covers the testing methods in HR selection, administered to the screening process survivors, and provides information on the technical, ethical, and legal requirements governing their use. Chapter 9 focuses on new and effective alternatives to traditional employment interviewing. Finally, chapter 10 addresses subjectivity and error in selection decisions.

The sixth edition of Recruitment and Selection in Canada should be a key referent for HRM professionals looking to design recruitment and selection policies, and practices that not only meet scientific, professional and legal standards, but also are effective in supporting organizational strategies and creating solutions for the effective management of people. However, its content is not only useful to professionals, but is also designed to meet the needs of instructors and students of all academic levels. Indeed, Recruitment and Selection in Canada allows for in-depth understanding of the content by including learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter, and both exercises and case material at the end of each chapter to illustrate important principles and concepts in a context of application. Furthermore, scientific and professional examples of the best practices used by Canadian companies that are leaders in HRM, and relevant websites and interactive material are referenced throughout the text, which provides opportunities for further discussion and analysis in classroom settings. Moreover, the Nelson Education Teaching Advantage (NETA) program delivers research-based instructors resources, which allow a personalized teaching and learning experience. Instructors have access to online tools in order to customize lectures and presentations, such as a an instructor’s manual, a secure online testing system, lectures slides, digital copies of figures, short tables, and photographs used in the book as well as MindTap, a single Learning Path that guides students through the curriculum.

The intent of the authors is to “present those ‘best practices’ that will lead to the staffing of organizations with the best-qualified candidates” (p. 4). Mission accomplished…for the most part. I would have liked a section of the book, if not a full chapter, dedicated to the application of human resources information systems (HRIS) in respect to recruitment and selection practices. While HRIS is briefly broached, it is not sufficiently addressed given its crucial role in today’s technology-based business environments. While I regard this as an important shortcoming, I nonetheless recommend Recruitment and Selection in Canada as an imperative referent for all individuals interested in Canadian human resources management.