Purpose – The aim of this paper is to provide some historical understanding of a popular recruitment procedure called a Realistic Job Preview (RJP). As long as individuals have worked for others there has been a need to exchange information about a focal job. Information can be exchanged through myriad channels. The aim here is to trace the origins of RJPs and discuss the initial studies that generated attention and interest in what has become known as “realistic recruitment”. Design/methodology/approach – Along with a historical account, this paper provides a summary of the limitations associated with this method, proposed psychological processes mediating effectiveness of RJPs, and issues with development, mode of presentation, implementation of RJPs, and an important alternative/accompanying technique (ELP). Findings – While this technique has been used for many years, it will continue to be a quality addition to any worker socialization program. Originality/value – The value of this paper is that it places this technique in an historical context.
Journal of Management History – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 8, 2014
Keywords: Recruitment; Human resources management; Realistic job previews