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Perception AssignmentCIPD YR 1 - Managing PeopleEmily MasonTitle"Face to face interaction can be regarded as a dynamic process of perception, diagnosis and action engaged in by two or more people with varying degrees of competence".

What are the main elements in the process of perception and how might our understanding of these enhance our interactive abilities in recruiting and selecting a candidate for a job?IntroductionThis essay is firstly going to examine the perceptual process and secondly the stages that employers may go through when recruiting and selecting a candidate. It will make reference to theory, and will relate the theory to practice with the provision of practical examples. It will also refer to relevant legislation and conclude with thoughts and suggestions on both the theory and the practice.

Definition of PerceptionPerception is the active psychological process in which stimuli are selected and organised into meaningful patterns.

Gardner Murphy wrote, (Personality: A Biosocial Approach to Origins and Structure, copyright 1947 by Harper & Bros) "If we understand the differences in perceiving we shall go far in understanding the differences in the resulting behaviour.

The relation between the outer world and the individual is gravely misconstrued by the assumption that this world registers upon us all in about the same way, that the real differences between people are differences in what is done about this world.

The contemporary point of view . . . has involved emphasis upon the basic notion that every individual lives in a more or less 'private world' . . . ; there is no standard objective world except through our slow yielding to a rather painful compromise process . . . that is less coercive, less 'final,' than the private world."Murphy's message will be recognisable to anyone who has ever assessed individuals' behaviour in a mass recruitment...