The Motivated Applicant: A Conceptual Model of Applicant Information Processing in the Internet Age

  • Justin TRAVIS 1University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC, USA
  • Catherine NEALE North Carolina State University, Arlington, VA, USA

Abstract

This brief report integrates multiple self-regulatory theories to propose a conceptual model that acknowledges the job seeker as an active information-processing agent. In doing so, this paper focuses mostly on internet recruitment (e-recruitment) to develop propositions regarding the constructs and mechanisms engaged in the recruitment process. First, a brief review of pertinent theoretical constructs in the areas of employee recruitment, organizational attraction, and individual differences is offered, with a particular emphasis given to e-recruitment. We then propose that job applicants seek out, attend to, and process information in a manner that is influenced by both employer characteristics (and perceived characteristics) and dispositional features of the applicant. Finally, we provide a testable model that can advance recruitment research and provides human resources practitioners with a framework to organize important phenomena that aid in developing recruitment strategies and executing them in a way that enhances person-environment fit.    

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Published
2023-10-19
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TRAVIS, Justin; NEALE, Catherine. The Motivated Applicant: A Conceptual Model of Applicant Information Processing in the Internet Age. IJBTSR International Journal of Business and Technology Studies and Research, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 7 pages, oct. 2023. ISSN 2665-7716. Available at: <https://ijbtsr.org/index.php/IJBTSR/article/view/110>. Date accessed: 19 june 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10021684.
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