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date: 01 April 2020

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This chapter explores how job seekers’ positive and negative emotions influence their search processes and employment outcomes, with an eye toward clarifying the recruitment implications. Specifically, it identifies three mechanisms through which job seekers’ emotions may play a role: their emotional experiences, emotional regulation processes, and emotional contagion when interacting with recruiters. It then reviews existing findings concerning how these aspects of job seekers’ emotions influence their judgments and decisions about prospective employers, their search behavior regulation, and recruiters’ evaluations. It concludes by identifying especially promising directions and methodologies for future research.

Keywords: decision making, emotion, employment outcome, job search, recruitment

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