Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE credits
Due to the rapid advancement of internet, many organizations have adapted to e-recruitment,
also called web based recruitment, in order to save money and time. The process when
recruit via internet allows the employer to be specific of what qualifications that a new
employee shall have. Hence, the e-recruitment system searches for suitable candidates from
the database, where job applicants have filled in their profiles.
In spite of the advantages of e-recruitment and the easy way for employers to find applicants
with right experience and education, little research has focused on personal attributes like
values and ethics among job applicants. Researchers agree though that values and ethics of
employees that appeal the employer, can favor the organization and its performance.
The purpose of this study is to create an extended framework of e-recruitment that takes
ethics and values in consideration during the recruitment process, so they match the
organization. This study is of qualitative character and is based on four case studies where
one employer with recruitment responsibility from each organization participates. Through
interviews, they give their point of view regarding e-recruitment and the process, including
what they seek for when recruiting new employees.
Our findings show that the whole e-recruitment process is characterized by values and
ethics, even if it is not explicitly mentioned. Also, the more customer focused organizations
are, the keener of capture the ethics and values of job applicants in an earlier stage in the
recruitment stages are they, which they do by meeting a larger group of candidates. The
international organizations sort out candidates in a more rough way before meeting fewer
amounts of candidates.