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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (7): 1317-1330.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01317

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A Review of Applicant Reactions in Personnel Selection

BIAN Ran;LIN Peijian;CHE Hongsheng   

  1. (Beijing Key Lab of Applied Experimental Psychology, School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China)
  • Received:2012-10-15 Online:2013-07-15 Published:2013-07-15
  • Contact: LIN Peijian

Abstract: Applicant reactions are the attitudinal or behavioral outcomes resulting from justice perceptions under the selection context. The first recognized theoretical model of applicant reactions comes up with Gilliland’s organizational justice model. After that, heuristic model, updated model and trust model are proposed, leading to a rapid growth in the theory. The measurement of applicant reactions, however, has not been well developed. The major shortfalls include the inconsistency of the measures, the chaos of the measuring structure, and the paucity of reliability and validity research. A few possible directions for future study are propounded in the end of the paper, which are (1) to focus more on the less examined but influential factors in the models, (2) to enrich the cross-cultural research, (3) to shift from the general contexts to the specific ones, and (4) to broaden the research vision by combining the neighboring domains of study.

Key words: applicant reactions, justice perceptions, procedural justice