Recruiting/Hiring of Older Workers

Filip Lievens, Greet Van Hoye and Hannes Zacher

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Recruiting/Hiring of Older Workers


This chapter reviews five key components of the recruitment process with regard to an aging workforce. First, targeted recruitment entails that organizations understand the needs, preferences, and strengths of older workers. Second, the recruitment message should communicate job and organizational characteristics that are attractive to older jobseekers. Third, the recruitment source should be consistent with the media use and job-search behaviors of older jobseekers. Fourth, the characteristics and behaviors of recruiters play an essential role in the recruitment of older applicants. Finally, organizations need to convey an attractive image of themselves as employers for older workers. Throughout the chapter, best practices are contrasted with available research evidence, and directions for future research are outlined.

Keywords: recruitment; organizational attraction; recruitment source; recruitment message; recruiters; organizational image; older workers; older jobseekers; aging workforce

Article.  8327 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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