A survey of UK selection practices across different organization sizes and industry sectors

Lara D. Zibarras, Stephen A. Woods

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This paper presents results of a study examining the methods used to select employees in 579 UK organizations representing a range of different organization sizes and industry sectors. Overall, a smaller proportion of organizations in this sample reported using formalized methods (e.g., assessment centres) than informal methods (e.g., unstructured interviews). The curriculum vitae (CVs) was the most commonly used selection method, followed by the traditional triad of application form, interviews, and references. Findings also indicated that the use of different selection methods was similar in both large organizations and small-to-medium-sized enterprises. Differences were found across industry sector with public and voluntary sectors being more likely to use formalized techniques (e.g., application forms rather than CVs and structured rather than unstructured interviews). The results are discussed in relation to their implications, both in terms of practice and future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-511
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • employees selection
  • UK
  • formalized methods
  • informal methods
  • curriculum vitae
  • selection method
  • application form
  • interviews
  • references
  • unstructured interviews


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