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The Pursuit of Status: Social Identity Construction in the Interview Process

Lennernäs, Martin and Manfredsson, Filip (2011)
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Purpose: Based on a job seekers perspective, the purpose of this study is to explore influences of status and social identity upon perceived employer attractiveness as a product of the job seekers interactions within the interview process and her social informal network. Methodology: Based on a social constructionist stance we have conducted an exploratory qualitative study Theoretical Perspectives: Social identity theory forms the theoretical framework backed up with research on recruitment processes and social influences Empirical Foundation: The empirical base is eight deep interviews with graduate job seekers Analysis: The analysis chapter is divided in two interdependent parts, the interview process and the social informal network.... (More)
Purpose: Based on a job seekers perspective, the purpose of this study is to explore influences of status and social identity upon perceived employer attractiveness as a product of the job seekers interactions within the interview process and her social informal network. Methodology: Based on a social constructionist stance we have conducted an exploratory qualitative study Theoretical Perspectives: Social identity theory forms the theoretical framework backed up with research on recruitment processes and social influences Empirical Foundation: The empirical base is eight deep interviews with graduate job seekers Analysis: The analysis chapter is divided in two interdependent parts, the interview process and the social informal network. The interview process enable opportunities for comparison within the social informal network The social informal network is the frame of reference in which the job seekers compare and set the norm for what is perceived as granting status. Together the interview process and the social informal network make up a noteworthy arena for graduate job seekers social identity construction. Status is granted the individuals who can claim that they are high performers, capable, extraordinary and going places. Conclusion: We emphasize the interview process as a battle ground in the war for talent. On this battle ground competitive advantage is gained by providing job seekers with status. We suggest that this is done by inviting the right people to the interview process, offering difficult assessments, being generous and recognizing the job seeker and by eliciting inference about future success. (Less)
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author
Lennernäs, Martin and Manfredsson, Filip
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organization
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Employee Branding, Employer Attractiveness, Graduates, Social Identity Theory, Status, War for Talent, Management of enterprises, Företagsledning, management
language
Swedish
id
2061521
date added to LUP
2011-06-01
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2012-04-02 19:07:56
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  abstract     = {Purpose: Based on a job seekers perspective, the purpose of this study is to explore influences of status and social identity upon perceived employer attractiveness as a product of the job seekers interactions within the interview process and her social informal network. Methodology: Based on a social constructionist stance we have conducted an exploratory qualitative study Theoretical Perspectives: Social identity theory forms the theoretical framework backed up with research on recruitment processes and social influences Empirical Foundation: The empirical base is eight deep interviews with graduate job seekers Analysis: The analysis chapter is divided in two interdependent parts, the interview process and the social informal network. The interview process enable opportunities for comparison within the social informal network The social informal network is the frame of reference in which the job seekers compare and set the norm for what is perceived as granting status. Together the interview process and the social informal network make up a noteworthy arena for graduate job seekers social identity construction. Status is granted the individuals who can claim that they are high performers, capable, extraordinary and going places. Conclusion: We emphasize the interview process as a battle ground in the war for talent. On this battle ground competitive advantage is gained by providing job seekers with status. We suggest that this is done by inviting the right people to the interview process, offering difficult assessments, being generous and recognizing the job seeker and by eliciting inference about future success.},
  author       = {Lennernäs, Martin and Manfredsson, Filip},
  keyword      = {Employee Branding,Employer Attractiveness,Graduates,Social Identity Theory,Status,War for Talent,Management of enterprises,Företagsledning, management},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Pursuit of Status: Social Identity Construction in the Interview Process},
  year         = {2011},
}