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ERIC Number: EJ1177608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
Employer Perceptions of an Engineering Student's Electronic Portfolio
Weber, Karen
International Journal of ePortfolio, v8 n1 p57-71 2018
This article examines engineering employers' perspectives on an electronic portfolio for hiring purposes. Eleven employers of engineers viewed one student's electronic portfolio (ePortfolio). To learn the potential for using ePortfolios within the hiring process, hiring managers, human resources directors, and recruiters from the engineering sector were interviewed to solicit their feedback on the ePortfolio viewed. The researcher analyzed the advantages and disadvantages associated with using an ePortfolio over that of traditional candidate screening and evaluation. Those interviewed cited specific strengths of using an ePortfolio as the ability to (a) differentiate a candidate, (b) assess potential fit and future with a company, and (c) encapsulate a candidate's traditional application materials and online media within one website. The possible drawbacks raised by the participants included (a) duplication of efforts for the candidate and employer, (b) too much information presented to the employer, and (c) the tool being unsuccessfully introduced into the hiring process, particularly during the initial screening of candidates. The culmination of the project resulted in the researcher presenting essential criteria for engineering students to include when creating ePortfolios based upon the findings from this investigation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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