The authors thank the National Association of Colleges and Employers for financial and professional support of this project. We are also grateful to Gale Varma for sug- gesting this research topic, and to Michael Forrest, Karen Lyness, Ken Pearlman, Norita Rehrig, Lise Saari, and Gale Varma for comments and suggestions on early versions of the questionnaire. Finally, we thank Tim Judge and two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.
EXPERIENCED HIRING VERSUS COLLEGE RECRUITING: PRACTICES AND EMERGING TRENDS
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Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 309–339, June 1997
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RYNES, S. L., ORLITZKY, M. O. and BRETZ, R. D. (1997), EXPERIENCED HIRING VERSUS COLLEGE RECRUITING: PRACTICES AND EMERGING TRENDS. Personnel Psychology, 50: 309–339. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.1997.tb00910.x
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Although much professional and managerial hiring involves experienced workers, previous recruitment research has focused almost exclusively on new college graduates. To remedy this imbalance, 251 staffing professionals were surveyed concerning experienced-versus-college hiring practices in their organizations. Results suggest that a majority of positions requiring a college degree are filled with experienced workers. Experienced hires are evaluated more highly than new graduates on most characteristics (understanding business, knowledge of competition, realistic expectations, technical skills, interpersonal skills, writing skills, work ethic, likelihood of success, personal ethics), although new graduates are evaluated more highly on open-mindedness and willingness and ability to learn new things. Higher proportions of experienced hiring are associated with organizational growth, short-term staffing strategies, older workforces, and less dynamic business environments. Perceived success of experienced hiring is associated with greater use of effective recruitment sources, older workforces, and more competitive salary offers.