ERIC Number: ED216414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Reha, Rose K.
To determine what interviewers perceived to be important factors in the interviewing process and whether the sex of the interviewer or type of organization he or she worked for influenced their perceptions of such factors, a questionnaire was administered to 42 personnel managers from randomly selected places of business and government offices. Responses indicated that (1) most interviewers were male, (2) interviewers more often than not made up their minds about hiring an applicant at the time of the first interview, (3) the size of an organization correlated directly with the number of interviews granted, (4) most interviewers wanted the applicant to talk more than listen, (5) the majority of interviewers lacked formal interview training, and (6) most organizations did not give tests to job applicants. When asked what they considered to be the most important attributes of a job applicant, interviewers ranked in their order of importance personality, appearance, job experience, communication skills, education, personal references, resume, and extracurricular activities. (HOD)
Descriptors: Communication Research, Decision Making, Employment Interviews, Employment Practices, Females, Individual Characteristics, Influences, Job Applicants, Males, Organizational Communication, Personnel Management, Personnel Selection, Questioning Techniques, Role Perception, Sex Differences, Speech Communication
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.
Note: Paper presented at the Midwest Regional Conference of the American Business Communication Association (Indianapolis, MN, April 23-24, 1982).