ERIC Number: ED357805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Attributes of Job Applicants: Employer Expectations versus the Perceptions of Minority Students.
Donnangelo, Frank P.; Farley, Catherine
All entering freshmen at Bronx Community College (BCC), in New York, are required to enroll in an orientation/career development course which is taught by counselors and helps students with college procedures, curriculum choices, and occupational goals. To assess the college's career counseling services, a study was conducted to determine the extent that students were aware of the attributes employers seek in job applicants. The study also sought to reproduce a 1981 survey by Hafer and Hoth of 37 employers and 250 university students in Nebraska, to determine if the attitudes of employers recruiting at the largely minority BCC differed from the employers in the Hafer and Hoth survey. Thirty-two employers and 64 graduating students who participated in BCC's on-campus recruiting program during the spring and fall 1988 semesters were asked to rank the 13 most important items from a list of 26 job selection attributes identified in the 1981 survey. Results of the study included the following: (1) employers in both the BCC and the Hafer and Hoth survey ranked oral communication, motivation, and initiative as the top three attributes, while BCC students ranked them second, fourth, and ninth, respectively; (2) BCC students incorrectly perceived the value for employers of punctuality, ranking it first, while BCC employers ranked it seventh; and (3) BCC employers ranked work experience fifth and grades eleventh, placing more emphasis than employers in the 1981 study who ranked them twelfth and thirteenth, respectively. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.