ERIC Number: ED301664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Screening Job Applicants: Recruiter Decision Strategies.
Hultz, Brian M.; And Others
A project explored the process by which recruiters used information to make decisions on whom to interview. Data were collected from recruiters seeking candidates in electrical engineering, computer science, business, accounting, and social sciences/liberal arts, including communications. Recruiters relied heavily on major grade point average (GPA) and communication skills to determine whether candidates should be selected for an interview. The two factors used least often were sex of applicant and course content. The gender variables did not appear to influence the recruiters' decisions significantly. When comparing the characteristics recruiters reported using and the characteristics they actually used, recruiters believed they were using a wide variety of factors with relatively equal weights. In actuality, they primarily relied on major GPA and communication skills when making decisions. Business recruiters tended to have the best match between what they reported using and what they actually used. Recruiter experience did not provide any useful insights into the recruiter's ability to use factors in a fair and reliable manner across applicants. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Inst.