Organizational attractiveness and individual differences: Are diverse applicants attracted by different factors?

Academic Article


  • Recruiting is a critical staffing activity for organizations, but its impact on the job seeker is poorly understood. Much remains to be learned about individual differences in reactions to recruitment efforts. This paper discusses the results of a study of MBA candidates that examined (a) the relative importance of various job, organizational, diversity, and recruiter characteristics on assessments of organizational attractiveness, and (b) the extent to which these assessments differed when applicant race and gender are taken into account. Results confirmed that relative to organizational, diversity, and recruiter characteristics, job factors were reported as most important to organizational attraction. However, within the job, diversity, and recruiter characteristics categories interesting gender and/or race differences emerged. The implications of these differences for research and for practices are offered.
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    Author List

  • Thomas KM; Gail Wise P
  • Start Page

  • 375
  • End Page

  • 390
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 3