The Role of Psychology in Human Resources: Professional interview (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Riccardo Sartori
Riccardo Sartori
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
NN - -
Language of instruction
First half of Semester 2 , Second half of Semester 2

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the fundamental concepts about personnel selection and assessment.
In particular, the course will:
- outline the characteristics of the selection and assessment processes based on a psychological approach
- deal with Job Analysis
- underline the concepts of validity and reliabiity of psychological testing
- define the interview as a method for personnel selection and HR development
- deal with structured interview, situational interview, behavioral interview


Wiersma, U. J. (2016). The four stages of the employment interview: Helping interviewers put two and two together. In Evidence-based HRM: a Global Forum for Empirical Scholarship, 4, 232-239.

Swider, B. W., Barrick, M. R., & Harris, T. B. (2016). Initial impressions: What they are, what they are not, and how they influence structured interview outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 625-638.

Levashina, L., Hartwell, C.J., Morgeson, F.P., & Campion, M.A. (2014). The structured employment interview: narrative and quantitative review of the research literature. Personnel Psychology, 67, 241–293.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Asleigh M. & Mansi A. (con Di Stefano G.) Psicologia del lavoro e delle organizzazioni (Edizione 1) Pearson Italia, Milano-Torino 2014 9788865183809
Sartori R. Psicologia Psicometrica (Edizione 2) LED 2009 978-88-7916-412-2

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test with closed questions with alternatives from which only one is to be choosen. The one chosen must be motivated by writing an explanation.