Title: How important is applicants' perception about job relatedness of selection process?

Authors: Mrityunjay Kumar Tiwary; Divya Upadhyay; Shobhit Aggarwal

Addresses: Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Prabandh Nagar, IIM Road, Lucknow 226013, India ' ALHOSN University, Old Airport Road, Delma Street 13, Opp the Sheikh Sultan Stadium, P.O. Box 38772 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ' Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur, Balicha, Udaipur-313001, Rajasthan, India

Abstract: We study how the perception of job applicants about job-relatedness of the selection procedure impacts: 1) the outcome of the selection process; 2) willingness of the applicants to recommend the employer to others; 3) the decision to accept the job offer after the applicant successfully clears the test process. We survey graduating MBA students appearing in campus recruitment processes at the premier management schools in India in order to measure the perception about selection procedures of firms. We use two measures to identify applicants' perception: face validity (FV) and perceived predictive validity (PPV). The results suggest that when the candidates are unable to understand the relevance of a test, they are less likely to get selected in the test or recommend the employer to other applicants. However, we find that it is only the face validity and not the predictive perceived validity of the selection tests, which positively affects the likelihood of a selected candidate accepting the offer. The findings of the study have direct implications for the practitioners. The study shows that organisations that explain the relevance of their selection procedures to applicants are more likely to increase their access to talent pool.

Keywords: applicants perception; job relatedness; recommendation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2019.096924

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2019 Vol.18 No.1, pp.85 - 103

Received: 25 Jul 2017
Accepted: 26 May 2018

Published online: 29 Nov 2018 *

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