Title

Initial Attraction to Organizations: The Influence of Trait Inferences

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

Organization personality perceptions have been defined as the set of personality characteristics associated with organizations. Previous research supports five distinct factors of organization personality perceptions: Boy Scout, Innovativeness, Dominance, Thrift, and Style. The purpose of this research was to understand how individuals' initial attraction to firms is influenced by their perceptions of the degree to which firms display these traits. Results of the present investigation indicated that organization personality perceptions accounted for significant variance in initial organizational attraction, after controlling for perceptions of the degree to which the jobs at the organizations offer traditional attributes. In addition, several self-rated Big Five personality characteristics interacted with dimensions of organization personality perceptions to influence attraction. Implications for the use of organization personality in future recruitment research are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Discipline

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

International Journal of Selection and Assessment

Volume

17

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

18

ISSN

0965-075X

Identifier

10.1111/j.1468-2389.2009.00447.x