Prerecruitment organizational perceptions and recruitment website information processing

Amanda S. Hinojosa, H. Jack Walker, G. Tyge Payne

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Despite the prevalent use of the Internet for recruitment purposes, little is known about how job seekers process presented information, particularly before organizations have actively recruited these job seekers. In this study, we examine the effects of prerecruitment perceptions of familiar organizations before exposure to information on organizational recruitment websites using a combination of undergraduate students and employees of a large university located in the southwestern USA (N=75). Participants completed a three-part study that allowed us to investigate how these prerecruitment perceptions impact the reported time spent viewing recruitment websites and the ability to recall website information. We used two hierarchical moderated multiple regression models to test study hypotheses. Our results suggest that job pursuit intentions may influence processing of job and organizational information presented on recruitment websites, and this influence is moderated by subjective fit perceptions. Specifically, we find that participants who indicated high job pursuit intentions and low perceptions of subjective fit were more likely to spend time on a recruitment website and recall presented information one week after viewing it. We discuss the implications of these findings for organizations as they design and implement early recruitment activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2617-2631
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number20
StatePublished - Nov 13 2015


  • Internet
  • P-O fit
  • information processing
  • job search
  • recruitment


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