- Qualifications, skills and more!
- Characteristics employers look for when hiring newly graduated applicants for a higher occupational level
- Award date
- 20 September 2017
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
This thesis is on characteristics employers considered when selecting employees’. By studying the characteristics used in the staﬃng process, this thesis contributes to the sociological and economic debate on inequality and stratiﬁcation as results of job allocation and employer selection. Research shows that employers consider multiple characteristics during the staﬃng process. Examining individual characteristics (e.g., qualiﬁcations, which are the primary focus of the inequality and stratiﬁcation literature) is insuﬃcient for explaining the diﬀerences related to who obtains prestigious jobs (e.g., managerial jobs) and thus is insuﬃcient to explain diﬀerences in job allocation, inequality and stratiﬁcation. The characteristics frequently debated in the economic and sociological literature, such as educational qualiﬁcations, ﬁeld of study, social, cognitive and technical skills, personality, and eﬀort, constitute the main characteristics studied in this thesis.
The thesis contributes seven points of progress to the debate on job allocation and stratiﬁcation in the context of the theoretical mechanism outlined in this monograph. The argument that the mechanisms explain a macro-level phenomenon brings into question the existence of the phenomena that purportedly underlie the macro explanations. The results in this thesis indicate a model with mixed mechanisms. The points of progress are organised around the use of characteristics and tools (the use of qualiﬁcations, cognitive and non-cognitive characteristics, and multiple characteristics and selection tools during the selection) and ﬁve mechanisms (a self-selecting, self-promoting, subjective, and organisational ﬁt in addition to the trainability mechanism) that complement and contradict the existing mechanisms.
- Author's name on the cover: Hafid Ballafkih.
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