Journal article

Fitting the mould: the role of employer perceptions in immigrant recruitment decision-making

Shamika Almeida, Mario Fernando, Zeenobiyah Hannif, Shyamali C Dharmage

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Human capital theory presumes that skill-accredited immigrant professionals can access positions in the labour market to match their skills and qualifications. It implies that employers have little power to influence the labour market outcomes of immigrant professionals. Using social identity theory, we examine the influence of similarity effect in recruitment decision-making involving immigrant information technology (IT) professionals in New South Wales, Australia. We assess how decision makers (N = 331) hiring IT professionals need to associate and identify with people that resemble themselves in some way more than those that do not, can influence their perception of the immigrant candida..

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