Wiles, Michael A.; Spiro, Rosann L.
January 2004
Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management;Winter2004, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p39
Academic Journal
The recruiter plays a critical role in the success of recruiting students for sales positions. Yet there is ample evidence to suggest that recruiters do a poor job of meeting student information needs during the interview. In 1992, Weilbaker and Merritt conducted a study that addressed this issue. They found significant differences between student and recruiter importance ratings for more than half of the 44 job attributes the study considered. Today, because of the increasingly strategic nature of the sales position, effective recruiting and selection has become an even higher organizational priority than it has been in the past. Therefore, the purpose of our study is to replicate the Weilbaker and Merritt (1992) study and to compare our results with their results. Specifically, this research (1) determines which job, company, and recruiter attributes are important to students today and whether these attributes are different from those reported ten years ago; (2) determines whether there are significant differences in the attribute importance ratings based on student demographics and whether these have changed in the past ten years; and (3) determines whether or not recruiters have accurate perceptions of what is important to students and whether the recruiters are more accurate today than they were ten years ago.


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