The Future of Recruitment and Selection: The Job Candidate Experience


The latest advances in the automation of recruitment and selection is changing the experiences that job candidates have when interacting with potential employers, which has implications for their own job selection performance and their desire to commit to an employer. For example, job candidates are now often called to complete online personality and skills assessments, and complete asynchronous video interviews that often leave candidates feeling anxious and disconnected from the potential employer. Using psychological knowledge, including justice, attribution, and self-determination theories, the doctoral candidate will craft a project to help build better technology-driven recruitment and selection tools that will optimise the candidate experience through experimental and field research.

Project Lead(s)


Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop


John Curtin Distinguished Professor Marylène Gagné


Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should email the project lead, expressing your interest (EOI) in this project.

Applications close 30 August.

Your EOI email should include:

  • your current curriculum vitae

  • a summary of your research skills and experience

  • the reason you are interested in this specific project.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2022

Scholarship Value

  • Total value of the annual scholarships (stipend and fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a. Curtin PhD Stipends are valued at $28,597 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years.

  • Successful applicants will receive a 100% Fee offset.

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For example, I’ve been involved in several industry and government collaborative projects. These opportunities have allowed me to apply my research skills in practical settings to solve real problems, and develop other skills through activities like industry presentations, running of workshops and research translation. This has made my PhD journey more meaningful, interesting and varied."

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