Predicting applicant withdrawal: An expectancy theory perspective

Acikgoz, Yalcin
Sümer, Hayriye Canan
The purpose of this study was to examine the predictors of withdrawal from the job application process. To this end, this study used expectancy theory as its theoretical framework. Using data from 5,346 applicants to an entry-level military position in a large European military organization, results indicated that a positive change in job attraction, applicant emotional stability, and conscientiousness, and the amount of information and self-efficacy regarding selection procedures all had negative relationships with applicant withdrawal. The variables, which had a positive relationship with applicant withdrawal, included time interval after the application and perceptions of alternative employment opportunities. In addition, self-reported reasons for withdrawal were also examined, which included scheduling conflicts, problems with completing the application documents, and losing interest in the job. Both theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.


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Y. Acikgoz and H. C. Sümer, “Predicting applicant withdrawal: An expectancy theory perspective,” MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, pp. 152–161, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: