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6 hours to complete

Aligning Recruitment and Selection with Company Strategy

In this module, we will lay the important foundation for the course: aligning recruitment and selection practices with your overall company strategy. We will apply the framework of systems theory to understand the interdependent components of the organization and how our plan is affected by internal and external environmental factors. We will explore the importance of workforce planning and, finally, conclude this module with a look at the core components of the hiring process: job design, job analysis,and job descriptions.

15 videos (Total 121 min), 3 readings, 6 quizzes
15 videos
1.1.3 A Systems View of Recruitment and Selection6m
1.1.4 Amy's Six Tips7m
1.2.1 Strategic Alignment9m
1.2.2 Internal Environment4m
1.2.3 External Environment7m
1.2.4 Workforce Planning9m
1.3.1 Labor Shortage Options9m
1.3.2 Internal Vs. External Hires10m
1.3.3 Strategic Workforce Planning Interview with Colin Partridge, Senior HR Director at Carlson Wagonlit Travel6m
1.4.1 Job Analysis15m
1.4.2 Job Descriptions7m
1.4.3 Job Design14m
3 readings
Helpful Human Resource Professional Associations10m
IRS Website: Employee or Independent Contractor?10m
Great Site for Information on Jobs- Very helpful when creating job descriptions!10m
5 practice exercises
Course Introduction10m
Workforce Planning Part One10m
Workforce Planning Part Two10m
Foundations of Hiring10m
Aligning Recruitment and Selection with Company Strategy20m
3 hours to complete

Recruitment: Finding the Best Candidates

In this module, we take a look at the macro-level strategic considerations in recruiting. We also will examine what makes an effective recruiter, along with where to find prospective employees. Current issues in recruiting are discussed, such as using social media and mobile technology. We then take time to focus on important legal and ethical issues in recruiting, and we wrap up this module with a look at recruitment from a global perspective.

9 videos (Total 58 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
2.2.1 Recruitment Interview with Colin Partridge, Senior HR Director at Carlson Wagonlit Travel6m
2.2.2 Go Mobile6m
2.2.3 Passive Recruiting8m
2.3.1 Recruiting Ethically - Interview with Rand Park, Senior Lecturer8m
2.3.2 Cultural Fit6m
2.3.3 Diversity6m
5 readings
Video: Become a LinkedIn Search Ninja: Advanced Boolean Search Techniques10m
How Does General Mills Use Social Media in Recruitment?10m
U.S. Department of Labor Website10m
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Website10m
WSJ Article: Are You Disabled? Your Boss Needs to Know10m
3 practice exercises
HR Hiring Responsibilities10m
Sourcing the Best Talent10m
Recruitment: Finding the Best Candidates20m
3 hours to complete

Selection: Choosing the Best Candidates

In this module, we examine the selection process. Like the first two modules, we start from the big picture - what is selection and how do we tie it to strategic goals? We then explore the important legal considerations (U.S. laws) and other best practices in selection, such as avoiding biases and conducting background checks. Next we will see a number of different selection tools you can use to make a better hiring decisions. Lastly, we wrap up the third module by creating and presenting offers to candidates, and analyzing our hiring process for effectiveness.

14 videos (Total 125 min), 5 quizzes
14 videos
3.2.1 Biases8m
3.2.2 Background Checks9m
3.2.3 Selection Method Standards7m
3.2.4 Tell Me About Yourself3m
3.3.1 Selection Tools14m
3.3.2 Effective Interviewing Part One15m
3.3.3 Effective Interviewing Part Two9m
3.4.1 Candidate Evaluation8m
3.4.2 Creating and Presenting the Offer Package10m
3.4.3 Hiring Analytics Primer7m
3.4.4 Recruitment and Selection Summary4m
5 practice exercises
Selection Overview Process10m
Legal Considerations in the Selection Process10m
Selection Methods and Tests10m
Program Measurements10m
Choosing the Best Candidates20m
4 hours to complete

Special Topic: Onboarding

In module four we will be talking about bringing on your new hire. Having just recruited and hired a new employee, you want to be sure that new employee gets up to speed as quickly as possible and becomes an engaged and excited member of your team. Module four will talk about how to work through a great onboarding process and why that matters to an employee's engagement with the organization.

13 videos (Total 84 min), 5 quizzes
13 videos
4.2.1 Onboarding is the Beginning of Your Work Relationship6m
4.2.2 Creating the Tools to Make Onboarding Easier11m
4.2.3 Bringing on an Individual11m
4.3.1 Getting Yourself Ready for the New Hire5m
4.3.2 Talking with the New Hire Before They Start3m
4.3.3 Working with your Current Team5m
4.3.4 Setting Up a Welcoming Environment5m
4.4.1 Creating an Engaging Workplace7m
4.4.2 Developing Your Employees6m
4.4.3 Performance Management and Your New Hire3m
4 practice exercises
Bringing on a New Employee10m
Building a Great Onboarding Experience10m
Setting the Stage for the New Hire10m
Beyond Onboarding10m
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Top reviews from Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Employees

By SBSep 8th 2017

It was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire bit of this course. Very interactive. Took a lot from this course. Very happy. Hoping to enroll for more courses in future. Thanks once again Coursera.

By WSMay 29th 2017

This course took me longer than I wanted coz of my work but I'm proud to say I learnt a lot about on-boarding and interviewing staff. Thank you very much Amy and your team and my fellow students.



Amy Simon

Senior Lecturer
Department of Work and Organizations

Stacy Doepner-Hove

Director, Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations

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Do you have people reporting to you that need managing? Or perhaps you want to consider a career in human resources? Or freshen up your HR knowledge? This specialization provides a robust introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management. The specialization begins with a foundational course that considers alternative approaches to managing human resources, provides a background to the U.S. legal context in which employees are hired, fired, rewarded, and managed, and outlines the different reasons that people are motivated to work. The remaining three courses tackle three core areas that all managers should understand: hiring employees, evaluating their performance, and rewarding them. Throughout the courses, an accessible, scientific approach is embraced such that best practices and practical tips are informed by research, but presented in accessible, applied ways. Upon completing the specialization, learners will have a deeper understanding of what works in the workplace, including a toolkit of best practices for hiring, managing, and rewarding employees. The specialization will be valuable for managers and entrepreneurs taking on these responsibilities as well as anyone else interested in the fundamental principles of human resource management. The Capstone Project will provide an opportunity to apply this knowledge to a real situation, including your own organization or work unit if desired....
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