“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

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Södertörns högskola/Sociologi; Södertörns högskola/Sociologi

Sammanfattning: 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. 

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