Title

Prior Occupational Experience, Anticipatory Socialization, and Employee Retention

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2006

Department

Management and International Business

Abstract

Research on organizational socialization processes has not firmly established the relationships among prior work experience, preentry variables, and postentry attitudes and behavior Using a longitudinal sample of 218 newcomers, a survival model was developed to test whether the relationship between prior occupational experience and retention is mediated by such preentry variables as person-job (P-J)fit, value congruence, and organizational expectations. Results indicate that prior occupational work experience significantly affects retention in the short run, and this relationship is mediated by preentry P-J fit and value congruence.

Publication Title

Journal of Management

Volume

32

Issue

3

First Page

343

Last Page

359