HR Science Forum
Do I Really Want to Work Here? Testing a Model of Job Pursuit for MBA Interns
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Human Resource Management
Volume 53, Issue 5, pages 661–682, September/October 2014
How to Cite
Beenen, G. and Pichler, S. (2014), Do I Really Want to Work Here? Testing a Model of Job Pursuit for MBA Interns. Hum. Resour. Manage., 53: 661–682. doi: 10.1002/hrm.21584
- Issue published online: 18 SEP 2014
- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2014
- person-situation fit;
Job pursuit refers to the intentions, decisions, or behaviors indicative of a candidate's interest in a particular employer. This study develops and tests a process model of job pursuit for MBA interns with data collected before, during, and after their internships. Our model integrates theory from the person-environment fit and organizational socialization literature. Results show pre-entry person-organization (P-O) fit and social aspects tactics jointly motivate proactive information seeking about the employer (from those inside and outside the assigned department) during the internship, and interactively motivate information seeking outside the assigned department. Yet, only information seeking inside the assigned department is related to learning about the employer. Learning about the employer also predicts job-acceptance intentions, which in turn predicts job-acceptance decisions. The model developed in this study should serve as a guide to help human resource managers understand job pursuit and acceptance in internships and other similar employment relationships. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.