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Getting bang for your buck: the specificity of compensation and benefits information in job advertisements

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  • Bart Verwaeren
  • Greet Van Hoye, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
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  • Xavier Baeten, Vlerick Business School
Even though some organizations are trying to attract high-level applicants through offering superior compensation and benefits, reward statements in job advertisements are sometimes rather general and vague. On the basis of person-environment fit theories, we examine whether providing more specific information on attractive reward packages in job advertisements leads to higher perceived person-reward fit and subsequent job pursuit intentions. Furthermore, based on signaling theory, we propose that person-reward fit allows job seekers to make inferences about broader person-organization fit. Applying an online experimental design among 283 experienced potential applicants, we find that more specific compensation and benefits information results in higher job pursuit intentions and that this relationship is fully mediated by person-reward fit perceptions. In turn, the effect of person-reward fit is partially mediated by perceptions of person-organization fit, indicating that people might use reward information as signals for other organizational attributes in early stages of recruitment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
ISSN0958-5192
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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