Strategy Planning and Selection

Strategy Planning and Selection

Assume for this assignment that you are being highly considered for a director-level HR management position for a best-in-class national retailer. You are in the final phase of the interview process and must respond to the interview panel regarding specific questions and scenarios that will help them determine if you are a good fit for the new role. The company\’s culture is centered on the effective development of strategy, plans, and selection criteria aimed at building and sustaining a competitive and profitable organization. It will be extremely important that you respond with a strategic mindset in order to convince the organization you are able to help them ensure the execution of the business strategy.Instructions
Write a six- to seven-page paper in which you do the following:
Analyze different types of strategies (cost leadership, differentiation, and focus or niche) and select which one you would deem more appropriate for an \”efficiency-minded\” retail organization and explain your rationale. How would the selected strategy ultimately affect how HR does its job?
Examine the four approaches to job design or redesign and provide an example (not a definition) of each. Then, make a case to the interviewing panel on the importance of effective job design applications in supporting the overall strategic goals of the organization.
Consider challenges and constraints associated with recruiting workers and identify and discuss at least two issues. What advice would you give to ease your selected issues? Be specific.
List and describe 2–3 candidate selection process ideas that might add value and overall effectiveness to the process.
What problems should HR and management teams avoid during the selection process?

The specific course outcome associated with this assignment is:
Determine strategies for providing effective human resource management within an organization, including how to support competitive advantage, approaches to job design and redesign, and recruitment and selection.

Example: 5 Tips for Designing an Effective Employee Selection System.
5 Tips For Designing An Effective Employee Selection System
July 3, 2012
If someone asked you, \”What\’s the most critical component of your organization?\”, what would you say? Well, I would say, without hesitation, that it’s the people that make up your organization. All the decisions made within an organization, the products and services that are developed and delivered are ALL driven by the people that make up your organization. Having the right people in the right roles can absolutely mean the difference between prosperity of your organization versus failure.This is the very reason why selecting the best employees upfront is so critical. Intuitively, this makes sense. Sometimes, though, it seems that this general good sense might get lost in the shuffle of the day-to-day in managing multiple organizational challenges, competing priorities and deadlines. Trust me, though, employee selection processes are one area in which you don’t want to short-change the process, regardless of other competing demands.

For anyone who has worked alongside someone who was not a good fit for their position, or even perhaps themselves worked in a position that wasn’t the right fit, you know that there are many negative consequences to hiring someone who’s not a good fit. Alternatively, you can likely think of someone who was a stellar performer and a great fit, and therefore all of the positive benefits this person brought to the organization. Taking the steps to develop effective employee selection practices will pay off exponentially in the long run.

So here are some tips to developing an effective selection process:

Understand the Job. Start with an understanding of the job and the traits that differentiate successful performance on the job. You can either conduct a job analysis internally, or partner with experts in the field that specialize in developing employee selection systems.

Develop a Process and Use it Consistently. Determine the best means to measure the most critical traits, preferably through multiple means of measurement. The traits of interest should help dictate the types of selection tools that are of most interest, along with other considerations such as the efficiency of the process, candidate perceptions, and fairness. There are many different types of employee assessments and simulations available, along with interviews and role-plays, to name a few. Don’t flush your hard work down the drain by allowing candidates to circumvent your process.

Identify Valid Tools. Ensure that the selection tools you utilize are job relevant and related to successful job performance (validation). There are numerous ways to examine validation evidence for any given selection tool, and this is a step where you could engage a consulting firm, if you wish.

Train HR Staff. Ensure that individuals involved in the selection process are trained, including interviewers, test proctors, and administrators. The majority of selection systems utilize some form of an interview, thus interviewer training is always recommended to both ensure consistency and effective interviewing techniques (not to mention legal defensibility). Further, interviewer training can be done in as little as 2 hours, using an effective online interviewer training program.

Monitor Your Process. Monitor your selection systems on-going for process enhancements, examining pass rates, efficiency, accuracy, and fairness. As positions evolve in your organizations, so should the selection processes. And, given the criticality of selection processes, it’s important to look for process improvements on-going.

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