Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

9 p.

Publication Date

9-2010

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

International Journal of Selection and Assessment

Source ISSN

0965-075X

Abstract

This study investigates the impact of passing the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam on the early career success of recent college graduates. Data were gathered from alumni of three Midwestern universities who earned an undergraduate degree in business administration (i.e., BBA) with a major in human resources. The survey was designed to measure early career success indicators including finding a job in the HR field, starting salary, and number of promotions. Results reveal that the probability of one’s first job after graduation being in human resources was significantly greater for those who had passed the PHR exam compared with those who did not pass or did not take the exam. Passing the PHR exam was not associated with significant differences in starting salary or early career promotions. Implications, study strengths and limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Comments

Accepted version. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Volume 18, No. 3 (September 2010). DOI. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Used with permission.

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