Determinants of Employability
Prof. Dr. Katrin Böttcher / Dr. Anne-Grit Albrecht
09/2015 - ongoing
Funding Body / Own Project
The aim of this project is to investigate the determinants of employers’ perceptions of employability. Additionally we would like to investigate why self-perception and the perception of the supervisor may differ. The study includes an online survey, focusing on dyads (leaders, subordinates) and their perception on determining factors of employability.
Employability is believed to depend on identifiable personal characteristics that can be assessed and possibly trained (Fugate, Kinicki, & Ashforth, 2004). From employers’ perspective the most important characteristic determining employability is interpersonal skill or social competence (Hogan, Chamorro-Premuzic, & Kaiser, 2013).
In a study conducted by Van der Heijde & Van der Heijden (2006) the best predictor of employability was corporate sense – the ability to put on a socially desirable performance at work (Heijde, Claudia M. Van Der & Van Der Heijden, Beatrice I. J. M., 2006).
Career success and employability depend on behaving in socially desirable ways, especially when interacting with managers. The ability to do this depends on a) interpersonal skills, b) smart or able, and c) compliant. Employability is an attribution employers make about the probability that job candidates will make positive contributions to the organizations (Hogan et al., 2013).