ERIC Number: ED341314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Corporate Recruiters: How Job Responsibility and Gender Influence Employment Selection of New College Graduates.
Gardner, Philip D.; Nixon, Dave
As part of an effort to understand the dynamics of the hiring process by recruiters on college campuses this study surveyed recruiters. In order to obtain a good sample of recruiters, 11 college placement offices across the nation agreed to distribute surveys to employer representatives visiting their campuses. A total of 2,550 surveys were distributed and 950 responded. Results indicated that the typical recruiter was white, college educated, male and between the ages of 20 and 35, a profile that corresponds to the profile observed 20 years ago. In addition the data suggested that only 12 percent recruited on a full-time basis while the rest recruit part-time or on a volunteer basis; women comprised a larger percentage of full-time recruiters (45 percent) and tended to hold human resource positions in the company; full-time recruiters received 10 days of training compared to 5 days for volunteers with more than 40 percent of training from informal methods such as training by mentors; full- and part-time recruiters used a broader range of candidate characteristics in their pre-screening and hiring decisions; volunteers and others focused attention on technical skills and work motivation; full-time recruiters were more likely to report using potentially discriminating characteristics such as appearance and fit to organizational image; all enjoyed recruiting. Included are 6 tables and 10 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Business, Employer Attitudes, Employment Interviews, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Job Training, Personnel Selection, Recruitment, Sex Differences, Training Methods
Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Career Development and Placement Services, 113 Student Services Building, Michigan State University, East Landing, MI 48824 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Students
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Career Development and Placement Services.