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Applicant Reactions in Saudi Arabia: Organizational attractiveness and core-self evaluation

Anderson, N, Ahmed, Sara and Costa, AC (2012) Applicant Reactions in Saudi Arabia: Organizational attractiveness and core-self evaluation International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 20 (2). pp. 197-208.

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This paper reports findings from a survey into applicant reactions of working adults in Saudi Arabia. A sample of 193 participants from four job functions was obtained, with measures of organizational attractiveness, core-self evaluation, and applicant reactions to four popular selection methods in the country – interviews, résumés, work sample tests, and references – being included. Findings indicate a notably similar pattern of preference reactions to previous studies in other (Western) countries, affirming arguments for so-called reaction generalizability. Work sample tests were rated the most favorably followed by interviews, résumés, and references. For specific procedural dimensions, résumés were perceived as the most favorable, followed by work sample tests, interviews, and references. Several significant differences were found across job functions, mostly for interviews and résumés. Significant effects were found between reactions and organizational attractiveness, and between reactions and core-self evaluation, including some interaction effects. Implications for future research and for practice in employee selection are considered in the conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Anderson, N
Costa, AC
Date : 17 May 2012
DOI : 10.1111/j.1468-2389.2012.00592.x
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Anderson, N., Ahmed, S. and Costa, A. C. (2012), Applicant Reactions in Saudi Arabia: Organizational attractiveness and core-self evaluation. Int J Select Assess, 20: 197–208. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2389.2012.00592.x, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 15 Jun 2017 13:01
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 18:53

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