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A significant number of Qualitex Corporation’s department heads are due to retire this year. The number of employees other than current department heads who could take on the position of department head is equal to only about half of the expected vacancies. Oualitex is not going to hire department heads from outside the company or have current department heads take over more than one department, so some departments will be without department heads next year unless Qualitex ______.

Boil it down - Number of employees who could take on position of department head is equal to only about half of the expected vacancies
- not hire from outside or have 1 head handle more than 1 departments
- So some departments will be without heads unless __________

A. promotes some current department heads to higher-level managerial positions - Irrelevant - in this case we will have greater number of departments without heads
B. raises the salary for department heads - Irrelevant
C. reduces the number of new employees it hires next year - Irrelevant
D. reduces the average number of employees per department - Irrelevant - the number of departments and number of heads does not change
E. reduces the number of its departments - Correct

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A significant number of Qualitex Corporation’s department heads are due to retire this year. The number of employees other than current department heads who could take on the position of department head is equal to only about half of the expected vacancies. Oualitex is not going to hire department heads from outside the company or have current department heads take over more than one department, so some departments will be without department heads next year unless Qualitex ______.

A. promotes some current department heads to higher-level managerial positions -Even if the company promotes the existing heads to upper positions, the number of departments will remain the same. Incorrect.
B. raises the salary for department heads -Salary is irrelevant.
C. reduces the number of new employees it hires next year -Even if it doesn't hire new employees, the number of departments wouldn't change
D. reduces the average number of employees per department -Avg. number of employees is out of scope
E. reduces the number of its departments -Correct. If the number of departments reduce then the vacancies will surely reduce.
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Re: A significant number of Qualitex Corporation’s department heads are [#permalink]
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Very crisp and clear explanation gmatexam439
I got this question correct too :)

A. promotes some current department heads to higher-level managerial positions - Not relevant as department heads shall still retire and regardless of promotions the number of departments shall not change
B. raises the salary for department heads - Raising the salary is out of scope as it shall have no impact on future vacancies
C. reduces the number of new employees it hires next year - Irrelevant as Hiring or not hiring number of new employees shall not have an impact on number of vacancies
D. reduces the average number of employees per department - Irrelevant - the number of departments and number of heads does not change - Not relevant as average number of employees is not what we are concerned.
E. reduces the number of its departments - [b]Correct as reducing the number of departments would reduce the number of vacancies[/b]
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Re: A significant number of Qualitex Corporation’s department heads are [#permalink]
is head of department not an employee??? why D is wrong???
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