Billsberry, J. (2007) Experiencing Recruitment and Selection. Chichester: Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-05731-1 (ppc) 978-0-470-05730-8 (pbk).

- Review in the Journal of Occupational Psychology, Employment and Disability (2008, 10 (1), 67-69).


experiencing-recruitment-selection-jon-billsberry-paperback-cover-artThis was a project I had been working on for many years. I gathered together people's stories of their recruitment and selection experiences – from both sides of the encounter: Over 250 stories in total. In September 2007, I authored a book in which fifty-one of these appear, with accompanying commentary, in a book entitled, Experiencing Recruitment and Selection, that was published by Wiley. It can be bought from all good booksellers now! The blurb on the back cover reads thus:

Experiencing Recruitment and Selection offers readers a unique insight into these life-changing event and gives a voice to both applicants and recruiters. Using real-life stories, this book explores applicants' and selectors' experiences of the recruitment and selection process. There are insights into:

  • differences between internal and external applicants
  • perceptions of fairness
  • how internal applicants are influenced by the failure to be appointed
  • how recruiters select for 'fit'
  • the reasons why people apply for jobs
  • the influence of market forces on selection decisions

Each chapter focuses on a key topic in recruitment and selection and features at least three related stories. The stories are interwoven with analyses that demonstrate the key lessons for practitioners and students. Each chapter concludes with a series of provocative questions and a guide to further reading.

With its practical, easy-to-use format, Experiencing Recruitment and Selection is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in organisational psychology, organisational behaviour, management studies and HRM, as well as personnel or HR managers and occupational psychologists.