Word of Mouth as a Recruitment Source

Greet Van Hoye

in The Oxford Handbook of Recruitment

Published in print October 2013 | ISBN: 9780199756094
Published online August 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Word of Mouth as a Recruitment Source

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Despite the social realities of job seeking, few studies have addressed how and why employment information received by other people affects organizational attraction. This chapter first discusses the characteristics of word of mouth as a recruitment source and then provides a systematic review of its determinants and outcomes studied in previous research. An integrative model of word of mouth is developed that synthesizes prior research findings and highlights key directions for future research. This model proposes that characteristics of the recipient (e.g., personality), source (e.g., expertise), and organization (e.g., employer brand) can determine the use of word of mouth as a recruitment source as well as moderate its effects. The model further suggests that word of mouth affects both individual job search outcomes and organizational prehire and posthire recruitment outcomes. The accessibility-diagnosticity model and the source-credibility framework are discussed as theoretical perspectives explaining these effects. Finally, several strategies are discussed that organizations can implement for managing word of mouth.

Keywords: recruitment; organizational attraction; recruitment source; word of mouth; employee referral; networking; credibility

Article.  13228 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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