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Administrative Resource Manual for Personnel Managers Within Correctional Facilities

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56 pages
Recruitment and selection guidelines for personnel managers in correctional facilities address the hiring process, empirical tests and measures used to assess applicants, affirmative action mandates, and other legal constraints designed to restrict racial and sex discrimination.
Following an overview of problems encountered in hiring qualified persons for corrections, the manual outlines four steps in the recruiting process: preparing a job description, certifying the job description, advertising the vacancy, and reviewing a new position 90 to 180 days from the time of creation. A review of affirmative action considerations in recruiting covers placing the job advertisement in journals that have a suitably large minority or female readership, wording in the advertisement, and treatment of minority and female applicants. The section on tests and measures discusses test reliability and validity, psychological tests, personality assessment, measures of aptitude and achievement, measures of physical capacity, and measures of character and experience. Other guidelines examine the subjective dimension of hiring, including the interview, weighing objective measures, and political considerations. Also covered are the probationary period and affirmative action issues in selection. Study questions and a case study are provided.