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Though knowing better, administrators often subconsciously accept the personnel selection process as something mechanical, akin to inserting a program into a computer. The selection process for administrators is examined here in flesh and blood terms, as it relates to other aspects of administration as well as to filling specific jobs. We are reminded of the great deal we do not know about choosing administrators that we usually take for granted as known. If verified by observations of practitioners and studies of researchers, these hypotheses can provide firmer guides to personnel action and to the identification and proper placement of administrative talent.
Public Administration Review © 1959 American Society for Public Administration