Southwood School

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Southwood School: A Case Study in Recruitment and Selection
By Fiona L. Robson

Project team Author: SHRM project contributor: External contributor: Editor: Design: Fiona L. Robson Bill Schaefer, SPHR Nancy A. Woolever, SPHR Sharon H. Leonard Courtney J. Cornelius, copy editor Terry Biddle, graphic designer

© 2008 Society for Human Resource Management. Fiona L. Robson Note to Hr faculty and instructors: SHRM cases and modules are intended for use in HR classrooms at universities. Teaching notes are included with each. While our current intent is to make the materials available without charge, we reserve the right to impose charges should we deem it necessary to support the program.
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Case study narrative: Teaching notes on student activities: Possible answers to questions: Recruitment advertisement: Information sent to potential candidates: Selection day timetable: Interview questions: Reference request letter: This section provides background about the case. Students must read it before they attempt any of the activities. The teaching notes provide details of more than 20 activities that can be assigned to students. The activities are separated into three types: discussion questions, group tasks and extension tasks. The instructor can choose which combination of activities to use. This section provides some possible answers to the activities. The instructor can use this as basis for feedback to students on their answers. This is an example of a job advertisement that ran in a national UK newspaper. This version was used before the review by the HR manager. Students are asked to evaluate this version and suggest improvements. This information is a real example of a selection activity that was used when the school was recruiting a new teacher with management responsibilities. This should provide an interesting example for students and possibly introduce a method with which they are not familiar. The timetable gives students a practical example of how the selection days are structured. This section shows some of the questions that are asked during formal

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