From Great Expectations to Realistic Career Outlooks: Exploring Changes in Job Seeker Perspectives Following Realistic Job Previews in Sport

in Sport Management Education Journal
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Realistic job previews (RJPs) occur when both positive and negative information about a job is presented to a potential applicant. Because job seekers in the sport industry sometimes target opportunities based upon their personal affection for particular sports/sport organizations, the presentation of realistic information about the actual work could be key. The purpose of this two study, quasi-experimental research design was to examine the effect of RJPs on job seekers’ levels of attraction to sport job openings, perceptions of person-job fit, and job acceptance intentions. Study 1 results suggested job seekers’ acceptance intentions and attraction to the job changed after the job seeker encountered realistic information. Study 2 results suggested job seekers’ acceptance intentions and perceived job fit changed after encountering an RJP where perceived prestige was a factor. Thus, RJPs appear to influence the attractiveness, acceptability, and perceived fit of a job opening in sport.

Samuel Y. Todd is with the School of Health & Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia. Marshall Magnusen is with the College of Health & Human Sciences, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Damon P. S. Andrew is with the College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tony Lachowetz is with the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. Address author correspondence to Sam Todd at sytodd@georgiasouthern.edu.

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