Recruiter perceptions and expectations of desirable graduate attributes and fit

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Crowley, Lucy
Jeske, Debora
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One increasingly important aspect for graduates to demonstrate in the context of graduate recruitment is their potential fit to the job and organisation. Using an opportunity sample of 43 recruiters at two career fairs in Ireland, we explored the extent to which graduate attributes incorporate fit, which categories of fit were mentioned, and the importance of fit across recruiters overall. The results showed that fit to the job, teams and organisational values are indeed aspects of increasing importance to graduate recruiters. In addition to credentials and skills, graduates were required to show continuous commitment to learning, resilience and mobility. The proactive engagement of students with employers at fairs may be fostered by pre-fair preparation and employer research.
Attributes , Employer branding , Person-job fit , Recruitment , Graduate fit
Crowley, L. and Jeske, D. (2020) ‘Recruiter perceptions and expectations of desirable graduate attributes and fit’, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. doi: 10.1080/03069885.2020.1742287
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