Title

Managers' views of how to hire: Building bridges between science and practice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2002

Abstract

It has been suggested that the state of practice in employee selection differs markedly from the state of research. We explored this issue in interviews with 166 line managers, who were asked to describe their own successes and failures in hiring, as well as what hiring issues they would like to learn more about. Managers attributed their hiring successes primarily to luck and intuition, but also acknowledged the value of using a more systematic and rigorous approach to hiring. Managers' comments imply a lack of awareness of research, rather than a lack of interest in topics being researched. The scientist-practitioner gap thus seems to relate more to the usage of research than to the focus of research questions.

Publication Name

Journal of Business and Psychology

Volume Number

17

First Page

157

Last Page

170

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1023/A:1019641413928

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