The realistic job preview (RJP) is the primary method of a realistic recruitment program. The RJP is the presentation of realistic, often quite negative, information about an organization to a job candidate. This information is given to job candidates during the selection process to help them make informed job choices, should job offers be made. Another realistic recruitment strategy is the use of certain recruitment sources (e.g., employee referrals) that communicate realistic information to job candidates while avoiding others that do not (e.g., newspaper ads). Finally, four selection methods that communicate realistic information to job candidates are briefly discussed here, because their primary intended purpose is selection rather than recruitment.

The RJP contains accurate information about job duties, which can be obtained from interviews with subject-matter ...

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