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Title: Symbolic attributes and organizational attractiveness: The moderating effects of applicant personality
Authors: Schreurs, Bert Herman ×
Druart, Celina
Proost, Karin
De Witte, Karel #
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Series Title: International Journal of Selection and Assessment vol:17 issue:1 pages:35-46
Abstract: The present study examined the moderating influence of the Big Five personality factors in the relationship between five symbolic, trait-based inferences about organizations (Sincerity, Excitement, Competence, Prestige, and Ruggedness) and organizational attractiveness. Drawing on the similarity-attraction paradigm, six hypotheses were formulated, stating that the relationship between trait-based inferences and organizational attractiveness would be stronger for persons who perceive the organization as similar to them. Results of moderated regression analyses on data from a sample of 245 prospective applicants for the Belgian military revealed two significant two-way interactions, showing that Sincerity was positively related to organizational attractiveness only for individuals high on Conscientiousness, and that the relationship between Excitement and organizational attractiveness is more positive for individuals high on Openness to Experience. Practical implications, strengths and limitations, as well as directions for further research are presented.
ISSN: 0965-075X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology
Occupational & Organisational Psychology and Professional Learning - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
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