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Recruitment Intervention Strategies

Benefits of Realistic Job Previews

Reduces Voluntary Turnover
According to a survey conducted by Susan R. Duncan [1], individuals who received an accurate picture of the job during the selection process had a better survival rate then those who did not receive an accurate picture. After 18 months in typically high turnover positions, 57 percent of those who were given an accurate picture of the job survived, compared with 35 percent who did not. After 3 years, the survival rate was as high as 41 percent, compared with a previous survival rate of 21 percent.
Saves Your Time for Candidates Who Are a Good Match
The process is set up to delay the most expensive aspect of the job selection process (face-to-face or group interviews) until the most qualified candidates have emerged through less expensive screening methods. The earlier a candidate decides that the position is not a good match, the more resources are available for candidates that believe they fit the position.
Prevents Inappropriate Hires
The pay-off of the RJP is that it helps candidates decide against taking a job that is a poor fit, which saves the organization enormous resources in future turnover, hiring costs, and labor hours.
Result: Less Confusion and More Commitment
Candidates have a better understanding of a position during the selection process:
  • They have clear job expectations and a greater commitment to the organization.
  • They adapt more easily to the position’s duties.
  • They are less likely to have “culture shock.”
  • They appear to terminate less frequently, perhaps because of increased job satisfaction.

[1] Duncan, Susan R. (1994, November 1). Be realistic: job previews are tied to survival rates. Managers Magazine. Retrieved November 28, 2007, from Accessmylibrary Web site:

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