Essay about False Positive and Negative Selection Errors

678 Words Apr 2nd, 2014 3 Pages
Every day, hiring managers face simple and complex decisions. Ultimately, their mission is to hire those who will do well and reject those who would not. Despite their best efforts, false positive and false negative errors are bound to occur (Gatewood, Feild, & Barrick, 2011, p. 212). These errors can negatively affect a company in many ways, and it can even negatively impact its greatest asset, or its brand.

False Positive Selection Errors Are Costly to an Organization

When applicants are successful in the selection process and then fail on the job, false positive errors have occurred (Gatewood et. Al., 2011, p. 212). According to Keller (2008), of all the attitudes consumers can have towards a brand, their attitudes towards
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83). Even worse, a rejected candidate could end up being a competitor’s star employee who ends up inventing the next big successful product (Gatewood et al., 2011, p. 212). Meanwhile, the company would be spending more time and money into training the less qualified applicants it ended up hiring (U.S. Office of Personnel Management, n.d.).
Selection Decision Making Strategies That Help Reduce Selection Errors
While it is impossible to avoid these errors completely, decision makers can reduce their frequency by implementing strategies that rely less on human intuition and more on mechanical methods. Rather than using intuition, they should choose the most valid standardized selection procedure for their particular selection situation (Gatewood, et al., 2011, pp. 212, 216). Methods that are subjective in nature are at risk of decision maker biases. These may include overconfidence bias, anchoring bias, availability bias, and the confirmation bias (Cummings & Worley, 2009, p. 179). Research has found the pure statistical, mechanical composite, and mechanical synthesis methods to be the most effective when compared to the other available options. By implementing methods, such as these, decision makers could increase their chances of generating true positives and true negatives more frequently. In other words, they would be in a better position to

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