Impression Management Tactics in Job Interviews among Fresh graduates in Malaysia: A Case Study in a Workplace

  • Kok Shelen Aderina PG Kampus Kent, Peti Surat 2 89207 Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Isai Amutan Krishnan Perdana University, School of Liberal Arts and Science and Technology, Suite 5.3, 5th Floor Wisma Chase Perdana Jalan Semantan Damansara Heights 50490 Kuala Lumpur, 50490 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Vimala Davy G. Ramiah Institut Aminuddin Baki Sarawak Branch, Jalan Sultan Tengah, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Thevagaran Paleni 5A-2-5 Taman Desaria Sri Merpati, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
  • Shasthrika Baskaran Wisma RnD University of Malaya, Jalan Pantai Baharu, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Keywords: Impression management tactics, Job interviews, Fresh graduates


The job interview is a viable assessment platform for interviewers to determine the viable prospective graduate for job hiring. During such critical meeting point, the fate of fresh graduates is decided by representatives of an organisation on the suitability of an interviewee for the job. Yet many fresh graduates struggle at such entry level gatekeeping to the professional workplace in view of inability to impress the interviewer. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate whether impression management tactics are portrayed by the fresh graduates during job interviews. They were 15 interviewees who participated in the present study. The job interview data from an organisation was analysed qualitatively using impression management tactics (IMTs) theories. The findings show that the interviewees were poor impression management tactics; interviewees indicated lack of self-presentation and exemplification as positive indicators in securing a job. Hence, impression management tactics are essential in job interviews.


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How to Cite
Shelen Aderina, K., Krishnan, I. A., G. Ramiah, V. D., Paleni, T. and Baskaran, S. (2022) “Impression Management Tactics in Job Interviews among Fresh graduates in Malaysia: A Case Study in a Workplace”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 7(1), p. e001270. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v7i1.1270.