Information provided to candidates during the recruitment process which gives an accurate picture of what the organization expects from its employees, and the conditions of work. The tendency of organizations to sell themselves to prospective employees by giving attractive, but unrealistic, impressions increases the likelihood of entry shock and can result in the newcomer leaving after only a short time in the job (hence the recruitment process has to be undertaken again). The downside of realistic job previews is that they can deter applicants—including the best-qualified applicants who, research shows, tend to place more weight on negative information than less-qualified applicants. [See job simulation.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.