Title: Making the recruitment decision for fresh university graduates: a study of employment in an industrial organisation

Authors: Mohammad Hossein Zarei; Kuan Yew Wong

Addresses: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Malaysia ' Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Malaysia

Abstract: Owing to the intense need for educated and talented workforce, especially in developing countries, recruiting fresh university graduates has become an important issue for organisations. However, conventional recruitment and personnel selection methods may be unable to fulfil the task due to some uncertainties and complexities such as lack of past work experience or creeping subjectivity into the recruitment process of fresh graduates. This paper addresses the problem by proposing a two-fold recruitment approach which benefits from human resource personnel selection methods and analytic hierarchy process (AHP). A study of employment for an industrial organisation in Malaysia was conducted and the proposed model was applied. The study has shown the overriding role of university lecturers for the recruitment of fresh graduates. The consistency and validation of the model was examined through experimental procedures based on consistency test and sensitivity analysis.

Keywords: recruitment decisions; employment; new graduates; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; validation; resume screening; job analysis; structured interview; manufacturing industry; Malaysia; university graduates; personnel selection; university lecturers; university academics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2014.065357

International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 2014 Vol.13 No.4, pp.380 - 402

Available online: 22 Oct 2014 *

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