ERIC Number: ED245118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Hiring Decisions. An Analysis of Columbus Employer Assessments of Youthful Job Applicants. Final Technical Report.
This study was conducted to describe and to analyze how employers respond to information presented to them on application forms and interviews when they make hiring decisions for entry-level jobs. The approach of the study was to observe the responses of 56 employers in the Columbus, Ohio, area to simulated hiring settings concerning youthful applicants (aged 16-25) who were seeking full-time jobs in clerical, retail, or machine trade positions. The simulations, which took place at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, required employers to rate a number of applicants first from job applications, and then from several videotaped interviews of the job candidates. In the application screening process, the results of the study demonstrate the advantage of having some work experience, of having taken relevant vocational education courses, of having high levels of vocational skills, of having good grades, and of completing application forms in a neat manner. The results of the interview ratings show that behavior and appearance can affect not only employers' perceptions of characteristics such as attitude, personality, and verbal ability, but also of educational preparation, training, and work experience. The study concluded with numerous findings and recommendations for youth and/or youth guidance counselors, employers, and school administrators. (This technical report contains extensive data and analysis of the information gathered through the employer seminars.) (KC)
Descriptors: Clerical Occupations, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employment Interviews, Employment Potential, Entry Workers, Job Applicants, Machine Tool Operators, Outcomes of Education, Personnel Selection, Sales Occupations, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes, Work Experience, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Community
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For the executive summary, see CE 039 157.