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“Man vill ju inte ljuga men däremot framställa det lite bättre än vad det egentligen är”: En kvalitativ studie om unga vuxnas intrycksstyrning i rekryteringssammanhang
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
2020 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to get an understanding of how young adults perform impression management and fake in the recruitment process. Previous research has shown that candidates in recruitment processes impression manage and fake. Therefore, the focus in this study was on the respondents’ reflections of their portrayal of themselves in order to prove themselves employable. The empirical material has been collected through seven qualitative semi-structured interviews with young adults and has been analyzed with the help of Erving Goffman's (1959) dramaturgical theory. The study shows that both impression management and faking occur, but none of the respondents admit that they actually fake. Instead, they use words like embellish to describe their behavior. Furthermore, the study shows that whether individuals manage impressions and fake depends on the recruitment situation itself. It is therefore a socially constructed phenomenon that takes place in the meeting between recruiter and candidate, where even group interviews, as an alternative social context, can have a great impact on the individuals and their presentation of themselves. 

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie har varit att få en förståelse för hur unga vuxna intrycksstyr och fejkar i rekryteringssammanhang. Tidigare forskning har visat att kandidater i rekryteringsprocesser intrycksstyr och fejkar. Intresset för denna studie har därför varit att undersöka unga vuxnas reflektioner av sina egna självporträtteringar för att visa sig som anställningsbara. Det empiriska materialet har samlats in genom sju kvalitativa semistrukturerade intervjuer och har sedan analyserats med hjälp av Erving Goffmans (1959) dramaturgiska perspektiv. Studien visar att både intrycksstyrning och fejking ofta förekommer, samtidigt som respondenterna helst inte vill medge att de faktiskt har fejkat. Istället beskriver de hellre sitt beteende som att de har förskönat sina egenskaper. Vidare visar studien på att huruvida individer intrycksstyr och fejkar beror på rekryteringssituationen i sig. Det är därmed en socialt konstruerad process som sker i mötet mellan rekryterare och kandidat där även gruppintervjuer kan ha stor påverkan på individen och dess presentation av sig själv i sammanhanget. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2020. , p. 43
Keywords [en]
Recruitment, impression management, faking, employability, young adults
Keywords [sv]
Rekrytering, intrycksstyrning, fejk, anställningsbarhet, unga vuxna
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Work Sciences Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-43729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-43729DiVA, id: diva2:1521351
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Sociologi
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Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2021-01-22 Created: 2021-01-22 Last updated: 2021-01-22Bibliographically approved

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