As someone who wants to have a career in Human Resources, every thing we learned in this class was valuable to me. The first part of the term talked about some of the same concepts that I learned in the Compensation Management class I took last term which was really helpful. Knowing the importance of the Job Analysis and Job Description is crucial to people who work in HR.
I also thought the week that we learned about Discrimination, EEO, and employment law were extremely important as an HR professional but also as an applicant in the hiring process. Learning about these laws and organizations was valuable as well as hearing some of the defenses that businesses can take.
The most important thing that I learned through this class was from Week 6 and Week 7. The information I learned on testing and measurement, criteria of effective tests, and reliability and validity of these tests. These sections were valuable to me because I feel like I really learned the science behind developing criteria and tests to measure that criteria in a way that has theory and research behind it. I loved learning about the different types of cognitive and non cognitive predictors and found the analysis of each type of predictor very useful in my own understanding but also useful in seeing how each type of predictor compared in to others in relation to criterion validity, subgroup differences, user acceptability, and test utility. In the final project, one of my other group members is presenting on the testing we decided to use in our recruitment plan, but I really enjoyed helping her come up with ones that would fit well with the job that we picked. I feel like I have a strong grasp on these ideas and am able to use them in order to make a fair assessment of candidates.
Overall, this class more so than any other that I have taken, has been the most beneficial as far as preparing me for my professional career after graduation. I loved the format and the way that the content was presented. Everything that we learned was important and valuable to me.