The impact of information on pre-entry socialization
Hoffman, Bethany Hellen
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Theoretical research indicates that socialization can occur prior to organizational entry, but minimal empirical research has examined how socialization operates prior to entry. A critical component of socialization is the acquisition of information. As a result, pre-entry socialization is defined as the process of gathering job-relevant information during selection/recruitment. For this study, the relationship between pre-entry socialization and varying levels of task and organizational information in job-ads was investigated. Results indicate that high levels of task information had a greater impact on pre-entry socialization than high levels of organizational information. In addition, task information predicted pre-entry socialization over and beyond prior organizational knowledge, job interest, and mastery-approach goal orientation. These results suggest that socialization does occur prior to entry and as a function of the amount and type of information given.