Department of Psychology
Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
A common method for reducing turnover in organizations is the implementation of a realistic job preview (RJP). Unlike typical job descriptions that might be seen in newspapers, on the Internet, or on television, the differentiating characteristic of an RJP is that both positive and negative aspects of the job are presented to the prospective employee such that the applicant has a very realistic idea of the nature of the job. An RJP in both an audio-visual format and a written brochure was developed for deputy jailer applicants at the Warren County Regional Jail in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Consistent with hypotheses, applicants who experienced the RJP had lower job acceptance rates and were less likely to voluntarily leave the organization than were applicants hired when the RJP was not utilized.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Dunn, Joseph, "A Realistic Job Preview for Deputy Jailer Applicants" (2006). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 459.