The Importance of Recruitment in Job Choice: A Different Way
Recent literature reviews have called into question the impact of recruitment activities on applicants' job choices. Most previous findings have been based on cross-sectional ratings obtained immediately after initial screening interviews, thus raising questions about the degreee to which prior conclusions are bound to that particular methodology. The present study used longitudinal structured interviews to let job seekers explain, in their own words, how they made critical job search and choice decisions. Interview transcripts revealed that recruitment practices played a variety of roles in job seeker decisions. For example, consistent with signaling theory, subjects interpreted a wide variety of recruitment experiences as symbolic of broader organizational characteristics. The results suggest that certain applicant reactions may be systematically related to sex, work experience, grade point average, and search success.
Published Article/Book Citation
Personnel Psychology, 44:3 (1991) pp.487