Workplace readiness and personnel selection: Setting the stage

Paul R. Sackett, Philip T. Walmsley

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This chapter addresses four principal topics. First, it provides an overview of definitions for the concept of workplace readiness and presents a summary set of dimensions on which these definitions differ. Second, it presents overarching themes describing personnel selection procedures in work organizations. The chapter focuses on the design and use of selection systems, with an emphasis on factors affecting personnel selection strategy decisions, such as choices about organizationally valued criteria and contextual factors such as selection ratios. Third, the chapter summarizes efforts to identify and converge on a substantive taxonomy of workplace readiness model content, with an emphasis on the attributes in readiness models. Fourth, it presents recent integrative research as an example of one avenue for investigating the importance of personality attributes as they relate to workplace readiness. This final section describes work that drew on consideration of many of the topics presented throughout the chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBuilding Better Students
Subtitle of host publicationPreparation for the Workforce
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780199373222
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • 21st century skills
  • Career readiness
  • Employment testing
  • Job performance
  • Personality testing
  • Personnel selection
  • Workplace readiness


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