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Work readiness in graduate recruitment and selection : a review of current assessment methods

Cabellero, Catherine Lissette and Walker, Arlene 2010, Work readiness in graduate recruitment and selection : a review of current assessment methods, Journal of teaching and learning for graduate employability, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 13-25.

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Title Work readiness in graduate recruitment and selection : a review of current assessment methods
Author(s) Cabellero, Catherine Lissette
Walker, Arlene
Journal name Journal of teaching and learning for graduate employability
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 13
End page 25
Total pages 13
Publisher Curtin University
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1838-3815
Keyword(s) work readiness
graduate employability
graduate recruitment
graduate selection
graduate assessment
transferable skills
graduate competencies
Summary Graduate recruitment and selection differs from other contexts in that graduate applicants generally lack job-related experience. Recent research has highlighted that employers are placing increasing value on graduates being work ready. Work readiness is believed to be indicative of graduate potential in terms of long term job performance and career advancement. A review of the literature has found that current graduate recruitment and selection practices lack the rigour and construct validity to effectively assess work readiness. In addition, the variety of interchangeable terms and definitions articulated by employers and academics on what constitutes work readiness suggests the need to further refine this construct. This paper argues that work readiness is an important selection criterion, and should be examined systematically in the graduate assessment process, as a construct in itself. The ineffectiveness of current assessment methods in being able to measure work readiness supports the need to develop a specific measure of work readiness that will allow more effective decision practices and potentially predict long term job capacity and performance.
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Language eng
Field of Research 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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