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**Newcrest Mining Company**

Recruiting and selecting people becomes a difficult task when the applicants are challenged to complete a standard ‘pen and paper’ tests. This problem shows when trying to select people for a work position, where job candidates have a considerable difference in educational competencies.

Consequently, the Newcrest mining company proposed to set up a recruitment scheme to prevent any potential risks to the applicants if they were deficient in literacy or numeracy skills. They designed a recruitment and selection system, which does not require the use of literacy and numeracy skills and is run orally and employs basic, readily available material. The scheme was designed to discover the number of aptitudes and it was named the Discovery Session.

This instrument has been reported in detail and has subsequently been evaluated to be efficient recruitment and selection tool. In practice, an applicant completes six tasks each of less than five minutes for each aptitude. Each task has three aptitudes. An arithmetic mean of each aptitude is determined and then a total of all aptitudes is scored, meaning several applicants can be ranked.

Source: Adapted from Instructor Resources-Nankervis, A., Compton, R., Baird, M. & Coffey, J. 2020. Human Resource Management, Strategy and Practice. (10th Ed.) Australia: Cengage Learning

**Required:**

**Answer All three questions below using 150-200 words per question.**

**1.** What is the key talent attraction (recruitment and selection) benefits in this case study?

**2.** In the case by using discovery sessions, they have come up with a better solution to their challenges of talent attraction. Explain how **employee attraction and retention** improves with this new recruitment and selection process.

**3.** What type of training and development strategies need to be developed by Newcrest mining to deal with the challenges of diverse competencies of its prospective employees while using discovery sessions?

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