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Ingrid’s Audio Haus employs approximately 200 employees and has 2 locations in the Omaha and NE metro. Her speakers are handcrafted and designed for superior audio and aesthetic appeal. She started making speakers and subwoofers by hand. Her business grew when friends heard/saw her ‘home-made’ speakers, and wanted some! She has 2 showrooms and craft centers where the boxes are made by master crafts people.

You are her HR practitioner. Ingrid needs a new strategic staffing system for her sales associate position, and she needs you to design it! Include a Word Document and a Slide.

Core Learning Outcomes

Choose selection requirements consistent with legal requirements.

Critique validity and reliability measures related to selection.

Manage job analysis and create strategy for applying predictor scores.

Assess external and internal considerations of recruitment.

Create legally defensible structured behavioral and situational interviews.

Evaluate utility of ability and personality tests.

Evaluate utility of work sample and assessment center tests.

Inspect production, personnel, training proficiency, and judgmental data.

Develop Staffing Strategy that aligns with overall Business Strategy


Ingrid would like you to design a simple staffing plan for the sales associates in her showrooms to include the following:

Include a Word Document and a Slide or Video Presentation and address ALL of the following:

Strategic Staffing System Proposal

Identify her business strategy, e.g., cost-leadership, differentiation, specialization, or growth strategy.

Develop and write a Talent Philosophy paragraph

Decide on the Nine Staffing Decisions. Indicate why you selected each.

Include a short example of a policy statement related to either the ADA, ADEA, or Title VII of the CRA. (A few paragraphs)

Decide on a recruitment message and where you would recruit for sales associates.

Choose one selection predictor, e.g., interview, cognitive ability test, personality, integrity test, etc. Tell Ingrid why you selected it, and include its general validity coefficient and why this matters to her.

Decide on a scoring method for the selection predictor you chose.

How would you show Ingrid if the selection system is effective, i.e., what methods of evaluation would you use?

Nine Strategic Staffing Decisions
Do we want a core or flexible workforce?
Do we prefer to hire internally or externally?
Do we want to hire for or train and develop needed skilled?
Do we want to replace or retain our talent?
What levels of which skills do we need where?
Will we staff proactively or reactively?
Which jobs should we focus on?
Is staffing treated as an investment or a cost?
Will staffing be centralized or decentralized?

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