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Competency-based Recruitment and Selection


  • Services SETA Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation
  • Unit Standard: “Recruit and select candidates to fill defined positions
  • Unit Standard ID: 12140
  • NQF Level 5, Credits 9
  • Duration: three days


Recruitment and selection can be a challenging process that goes beyond interviewing candidates for a position. Managers often hire personnel based on how well a job candidates present themselves or on their gut instinct, which they often later regret. This two-day course will enable managers to prepare, recruit and select suitable candidates according to ability and potential within an organisation and through the personnel recruitment industry.

Course Contents:

Planning and preparing for recruitment and selection

  • Obtaining relevant and complete information on the specific position.
  • Selecting or designing a selection procedure which is appropriate for the specific position.
  • Identifying resources and methods needed for recruitment and selection.
  • Preparing and managing budgets for the recruitment and selection process.
  • Developing selection criteria in line with organisational and legal requirements.

Recruiting applicants

  • Conducting recruitment.
  • Dealing with the responses.
  • Screening of applicants.
  • Preparing a list of potential candidates.
  • Managing an applicant database.
  • Dealing with unplanned events.

Selecting staff

  • Validating backgrounds and qualifications using appropriate verification methods.
  • Assessing candidates against the requirements of the defined positions.
  • Interviewing candidates using best practice techniques.
  • Drawing up a shortlist of candidates.
  • Making selections in accordance with the planned strategy.
  • Giving feedback to successful and unsuccessful candidates.
  • Documenting records.


Learners who attend this training, will receive a “Certificate of Attendance” directly after the training. Additionally, learners can also be enrolled to participate in the assessment process at an additional fee. Assessment entails the completion of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) and if being assessed as competent, the learner will be awarded 9 credits on NQF Level 5. In this case, a “Certificate of Competence” will be issued representing the credit values and NQF Level. Entry-level requirements for assessment according to the Unit Standard: Learners should demonstrate competence in Communication, Mathematical Literacy and Computer Literacy at NQF Level 4.

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