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Hired or rejected : dependent on your social network site profile? : the influence of social network sites on the job application procedure

Wingerden, K.A. van (2009) Hired or rejected : dependent on your social network site profile? : the influence of social network sites on the job application procedure.

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Abstract:Social network sites are nowadays tools for recruiters to get more information about job applicants. This study examined what information on social network sites is used by recruiters in order to form an impression of job applicants and how this affects applicants’ career opportunities. Based on the warranting principle that pertains to impression formation in Internet communication, judgments about a target rely more heavily on information derived from others than information provided by the target self. Two studies were conducted to test this principle. The first study (N = 11) was qualitative of nature and the second study (N = 159) used an online questionnaire with experimental conditions in order to broaden the research scope. Results indicated that the warranting principle was only supported in the experiment and not in self‐reports of recruiters. This indicated that recruiters selves do not indicate that other‐generated information is more important and trustworthy, but when tested experimentally, recruiters rely more on information derived from others. The career opportunities are influenced by the use of social network sites, both positively and negatively. These findings have theoretical implications for the warranting principle and practical implications for both recruiters and job applicants
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59606
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