Methods of communication and mediating processes in realistic job previews

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Assigned 164 bank teller applicants (mean age 22 yrs) who were offered jobs to 1 of 3 experimental groups to investigate the effectiveness of presenting realistic job previews. Ss in Group 1 received a job preview from an incumbent teller; Ss in Group 2 received a job preview brochure; Ss in Group 3 served as controls. Substantially fewer Ss in Group 1 left the job 2-3 mo later than did Ss in the other groups. There were no significant differences in job outcome between Ss in Groups 2 and 3. There was also no support for self-selection and commitment to choice as mediating processes. (32 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-642
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1984


  • presentation of realistic job previews by incumbents vs brochure, job satisfaction & turnover, bank teller applicants with mean ages of 22 yrs


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