Title: Unintended consequences: Russian, Chinese and US perceptions of the hiring decision

Authors: Spero C. Peppas, Tyler T. Yu, Stephanie R. Peppas, Dmitry Shishkin

Addresses: Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, USA. ' Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, USA. ' Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, USA. ' Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, USA

Abstract: During the job application and interview process, there is a natural tendency for applicants to stress attributes that they possess and that they also believe are being sought by hiring organisations. Due to cultural differences, applicants may be unwittingly contributing to bias in personnel selection and creating unequal opportunities for themselves. This study compares the attitudes of university students in China, Russia and the USA to determine whether culture-related differences exist in the minds of these future job seekers with regard to their perceptions of the importance of specific candidate attributes to prospective employers.

Keywords: China; Russia; Russian Federation; United States; USA; hiring criteria; personnel selection; hiring perceptions; cultural differences; job candidates; candidate attributes; job interviews; job applications; interview processes; bias; unequal opportunities; university students; universities; higher education; job seekers; prospective employers; economics; business research.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEBR.2011.043056

International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 2011 Vol.3 No.6, pp.609 - 622

Published online: 12 Oct 2011 *

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