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    Old and unemployable? How age-based stereotypes affect willingness to hire job candidates

    Drury, Lisbeth (2016) Old and unemployable? How age-based stereotypes affect willingness to hire job candidates. Journal of Social Issues 72 (1), pp. 105-121. ISSN 0022-4537.

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    Abstract

    Across the world, people are required, or want, to work until an increasingly old age. But how might prospective employers view job applicants who have skills and qualities that they associate with older adults? This article draws on social role theory, age stereotypes and research on hiring biases, and reports three studies using age-diverse North American participants. These studies reveal that: (1) positive older age stereotype characteristics are viewed less favorably as criteria for job hire, (2) even when the job role is low-status, a younger stereotype profile tends to be preferred, and (3) an older stereotype profile is only considered hirable when the role is explicitly cast as subordinate to that of a candidate with a younger age profile. Implications for age-positive selection procedures and ways to reduce the impact of implicit age biases are discussed.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Lisbeth Drury
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 16:04
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 16:47
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21657

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