Desired attributes of public accounting firms in the job selection process: An empirical examination of accounting graduates' perceptions

Raymond S Y CHAN*, Simon S.M. Ho

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify attributes of public accounting firms that accounting graduates find most desirable in their job selection decisions, and the impacts of individual differences on these perceptions. Factor analysis performed on the responses of 167 final-year accounting students in Hong Kong to a 30-item questionnaire identified seven factors. The results indicate that accounting graduates considered help in finishing their professional accounting examinations and good staff relationships as the most important criteria in their choice of employers. In addition, female accounting graduates were more concerned about the possibility of being required to travel or be transferred, but were less concerned about the reputation and profile (such as the client base and the size) of the firms than their male counterparts. Accounting graduates with a higher grade point average (GPA) were less concerned about the working environment, but more concerned about a firms' reputation and profile than those with a lower GPA. The implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-327
Number of pages13
JournalAccounting Education
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Accounting
  • Education

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  • Desired Attributes Public Accounting Firms Job Selection Accounting Graduates

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