New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Engineering Leadership Development Division
Recruiters’ perspectives are important in determining the effectiveness of initiatives aimed at building relevant engineering leadership skills in undergraduate engineering students. Recruiters are responsible for evaluating and identifying talent appropriate for today’s dynamic global environment. This study aims to understand, from the recruiters’ perspective, the important engineering leadership behaviors an engineering student needs to communicate during the on-campus recruiting process. Additionally, it will identify what undergraduate activities or programs recruiters’ value in demonstrating important engineering leadership behaviors. The study uses a qualitative interview approach to generate themes of engineering leadership behaviors that employers seek to understand during the recruiting process as well as strategies recruiters use to identify engineering leadership potential.
Employers were asked to complete a qualitative interview questionnaire during their participation in the 2015-2016 recruiting activities at a large public institution. Interview questions explored the strategies recruiters use to identify engineering leaders, what engineering leadership behaviors are important for students to communicate, and student experiences that alert an employer of engineering leadership potential. To date, 25 short answer questionnaires have been collected with ongoing efforts to obtain further data. A list of themes will be generated using the constant comparative method and open and axial coding process outlined by Strauss & Corbin (1998). Triangulation of data will be achieved through an independent focus group consisting of experienced engineering recruiters to verify the themes identified in the qualitative questionnaire. Utilizing these steps will provide a structure for precise and complete analysis of the data with validation through the triangulation process.
Results from this study will inform engineering leadership educators on how employers perceive students’ leadership capabilities in the early-stages of their careers relevant to the engineering industry. Results of this study will also inform engineering undergraduate students on how best to convey engineering leadership competencies during the recruiting process. Findings can be added to the growing literature aimed at developing and assessing the engineering leadership competencies required by industry.
Handley, M., & Lang, D., & Erdman, A. M. (2016, June), Identifying Engineering Leadership Potential During the On-Campus Recruiting Process Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25521
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