Symbolic Attributes and Organizational Attractiveness: The Moderating Effects of Applicant Personality

12 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Bert Schreurs

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Celina Druart

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karin Proost

Open University (Netherlands)

K. De Witte

University of Leuven (KUL); Maastricht University

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.

Suggested Citation

Schreurs, Bert and Druart, Celina and Proost, Karin and De Witte, Kristof, Symbolic Attributes and Organizational Attractiveness: The Moderating Effects of Applicant Personality. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 17, Issue 1, pp. 35-46, March 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1378230 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2009.00449.x

Bert Schreurs (Contact Author)

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Celina Druart

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Karin Proost

Open University (Netherlands)

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Kristof De Witte

University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )

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