Green, Gerald G.||Sims, Clarence A.
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Management
The investigation conducted in the study dealt with the problem of job selection factors currently being used in recruitment, both by the students and personnel managers directly concerned with college recruitment. Attention was focused on the problem of a correlation between the selection factors used by college students when choosing a job in industry, and what the recruiters believed to be significant for the students. In order to facilitate such an analysis, the most as well as the least important job factors currently being used by college students when selecting a job in industry, and what job factors the personnel managers of recruiting firms believed to be most and least important to college students when selecting a job in industry, was determined. Other sub-problems of the study included assessing the attractiveness of a job in industry as opposed to other career sources for students of business administration background, and determining the amount of restrictiveness as expressed in the general attitude of those planning on assuming a job in industry. The procedure used in the study consisted of two separate phases. In the first phase, business students from Northern Illinois University and Illinois Wesleyan University were asked to complete a two-page questionnaire. All questionnaires were administered in the classrooms by professors of the particular courses. Through the responses to the questionnaire, it was possible to determine the most and least important job factors used by students when selecting a job in industry, their plans immediately upon graduation, and the amount of restrictiveness present in their selection attitude. In the second phase, a one-page questionnaire was sent to those firms that would be recruiting at the two institutions being surveyed. Through these responses, it was possible to determine what factors the recruiters believed to be most and least important to the student when selecting a job in industry. The combined data of the two phases permitted a correlation to be made on the amount of agreement existing on the job factors currently being used. The job factors most important to the business students included advancement possibilities, starting salary, a job with responsibility, and the opportunity to do what the student likes. A company that employs only college recruits, size of company, hours of work, type of company, location, and a company that is well known were the factors of least importance to the students. The personnel recruiters believed that advancement possibilities, a job with responsibility, starting salary, and the opportunity to apply training and know-how were the factors of most importance to the students. The hours of work, a company that employs only college recruits, type of company, and security were among the factors believed to be of least importance to the students. The amount of correlation between student indications and recruiter beliefs was quite high. The students' plans upon graduation supported a job in industry as the preferred career source, with some plans for further education and entering the military service. The students planning on taking a job in industry, either immediately upon graduation or sometime in the future, were moderately restrictive in their selection attitude. Conducting job factor surveys can give the company and its recruiters valuable knowledge. The ability of a recruiter to know exactly what factors are important to the student being interviewed, can be a great advantage to him in attracting college talent.
Herbison, James M., "A study of the job factors used by college students when selecting a job in industry" (1968). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 745.
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