Implementation intentions as a predictor of applicant withdrawal

Acikgoz Y., SÜMER H. C.

MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, cilt.31, ss.347-354, 2019 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 31 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/08995605.2019.1637208
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.347-354


Despite withdrawal from the job application being a serious concern for organizations, limited research exists that examines this phenomenon. Utilizing the broad intention-behavior framework as suggested in the Theory of Planned Behavior, we examined whether the type of intentions formed when applying for a job (i.e., goal vs. implementation intentions) predicts later withdrawal from the job application. Using a field experimental strategy, half of the applicants in a large applicant pool (N = 5,346) were randomly made to form implementation intentions. It was found that forming implementation intentions was indeed effective in reducing applicant withdrawal, albeit with a small effect size. Theoretical and practical implications of this finding are discussed.