Employer perceptions of immigrant candidates' suitability: The influence of decision maker and organisational characteristics

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Almeida, Shamika; Fernando, Mario; Dharmage, Shyamali
decision; influence; characteristics; employer; perceptions; suitability; organisational; candidates; immigrant; maker; Business
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This paper reports on how decision-makers' personal characteristics and organisational characteristics can influence the screening of immigrant professionals during the recruitment process. The sample consisted of 220 engineering professionals working in New South Wales, Australia. The results show White/Anglo decision makers have more suitability concerns of ethnic migrant candidates during the recruitment process. However this was moderated by organisational characteristics of size and clientele. Decision makers in larger organisations and a diverse ethnic client base have less suitability concerns of migrant candidates during the recruitment process.