Key Concepts in Human Resources Management is an essential guide to the theories and issues that define the field - from the critical debates to the more practical considerations that every student should be aware of.52 short entries will serve to orientate the student round the need-to-know essentials. Entries will include Employment Tribunals, Benefits, Corporate Social Responsibility, Discipline and Grievance, Control, Employee relations, Incentive schemes, Motivation, Organizational culture, Strategic HRM, Victimisation.A range of relevant HR applications will be given for each term.A selection of recommended readings are suggested for each entry.



The most basic definition of an interview is that of a purposeful conversation between two or more people intended to allow both parties to the process to obtain information in relation to a pre-identified intention. For example, job interviews, disciplinary or grievance interviews would be clear examples.

Interviews in resourcing are a significant event for both parties and traditionally regarded as a fundamental part of the ‘choosing’ decision and there can be few employers or applicants who would feel happy with one not being part of the process. Based on the CIPD (2008) the interview provides an opportunity for a candidate to:

  • Ask questions about the job and the organisation.
  • Decide if they would like to take the job.

For the organisation, the interview is an opportunity to: ...

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