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Gerbrand Tholen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198744481.001.0001

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Recruitment and Selection of Graduate Workers

Recruitment and Selection of Graduate Workers

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(p.42) 4 Recruitment and Selection of Graduate Workers
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Graduate Work
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Gerbrand Tholen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198744481.003.0004

This chapter examines the recruitment and selection process in four graduate occupations (scientists, software engineers, financial analysts, and press officers). How do graduate workers access jobs? Who is eligible to enter graduate roles and why? What does it take to be recruited and selected in both entry-level and more senior roles? This chapter shows that recruiting and selecting suitable candidates is a deeply contextualized, situational, and occupation-dependent process. The hard skills and knowledge skills often identified to distinguish graduates from non-graduates do not have a privileged status in it. The chapter shows that despite the differences between occupations, sectors, and positions there are indeed few general principles that define the recruitment and selection process for graduate workers.

Keywords:   recruitment and selection, suitability, acceptability, skills, scientists, software engineers, financial analysts, press officers

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