The Study of Realistic Job Previews for the Position of Recruiter in Poland: Qualitative Research Results

Tomasz Ingram, Alicja Siga


Purpose – The main aim of the paper is to test to what degree information supplied to the job candidate by means of internet advertisement are realistic in Polish reality.
Methodology – To achieve this aim, a study on 117 job advertisements for the position of recruiter, located on eleven job recruitment portals, was performed. 43 characteristic keywords were identified within each job ad. The next step involved comparing those results with the analysis of qualitative data gathered from three persons hired for the position of a recruiter at least two years ago. The data received from three recruiters were analyzed following Eisenhardt's (1989) suggestions and grounded theory approach.
Findings – Research results reveal that majority of tasks performed in the position of recruiter were placed within recruitment advertisement. The tasks that were not enclosed in recruitment ads and indicated by recruiters as important are as follows: HR processes modeling, taking care of company blog and holding employee meetings. Research results suggest that, despite the notion of realistic job previews (RJPs), in Polish conditions they do not necessarily lead to dissatisfaction from the job in the three analyzed cases.
Limitations – The main limitation of the paper is the restriction of realistic job previews to information regarding job duties and tasks of only one position – recruiter. The study signals RJP’s importance in Poland and we believe further research on the issue is necessary.


realistic job previews; recruitment; qualitative research results

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