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This article explores how concepts from research on stigmatization can inform and enhance the understanding of applicant reactions to selection procedures. It is important to emphasize that the article is not about what might lead an organization's representatives to engage in discriminatory practices or about the adverse impact of different selection tools; it is about the perceptions and behaviors of those applicants who are members of stigmatized groups. It begins with a very brief, general review of the literature on applicant perceptions, where it discusses the importance of studying, in particular, the reactions of individuals who might be considered members of stigmatized groups in any given society. Next, the article introduces some core concepts from the literature on stigmatization. Finally, it discusses how these concepts might inform understanding of how individuals react to recruitment and selection processes beyond what has been established in the literature on applicant reactions.
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