How Applicants Want and Expect to Be Treated: Applicants' Selection Treatment Beliefs and the Development of the Social Process Questionnaire on Selection

21 Pages Posted: 4 May 2004

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Eva Derous

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Marise Ph. Born

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of Social Sciences

K. De Witte

University of Leuven (KUL); Maastricht University

Abstract

In psychology, general beliefs are considered to be the stepping-stones of future behavior and attitudes (Rokeach, 1973; Olson, Roese, & Zanna, 1996). The goal of this paper is to explore applicants' general beliefs about the selection treatment, namely the way they want and expect to be treated during selection. After the concept of selection treatment beliefs is introduced and both its theoretical and practical relevance is highlighted, the development of the Social Process Questionnaire on Selection (SPQS) is reported, which measures selection treatment beliefs. Factor analyses (660 students and 643 applicants) revealed six treatment factors. Applicants valued and expected transparency, objectivity, feedback, job information, participation, and a humane treatment. Apparently, applicants valued the six factors more than they expected them to be realized. The scientific and practical relevance of the findings are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Derous, Eva and Born, Marise Ph. and De Witte, Kristof, How Applicants Want and Expect to Be Treated: Applicants' Selection Treatment Beliefs and the Development of the Social Process Questionnaire on Selection. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=535209

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Marise Ph. Born

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Kristof De Witte

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