Realistic Job Preview (RJP)


A Realistic Job Preview (RJP) is a hiring tool that organizations use to communicate the important aspects of a job prior to making an employment offer to a candidate. It’s a professionally produced video that gives applicants the opportunity to consider a job’s characteristics and requirements to help them decide if they’re a good fit the position.



Making an RJP video available to potential new employees during the application process can reduce turnover and enhance new employee commitment.

By reducing risk for both the employer and the potential employee. The employer matches its job requirements with candidates’ qualifications, and candidates match their needs with the organizational culture and specific job requirements. The first match has the greatest impact on performance, while the second match has the greatest effect on job satisfaction and tenure.

Showing this video to a candidate before the assessment process begins can help to screen out candidates who are not a good fit for the particular role. It’s not an attempt to ‘sell’ the position, rather it paints a realistic picture of the job. In a job description, it oftentimes doesn’t include things about the work environment, the culture of the company, or what challenges may occur on a day-to-day basis. In addition, the video features an actual employee who performs the job on a daily basis, someone who will tell it like it is, both the good and the bad.


In preparation for developing the RJP, we:

  • Gather information about features of the job
  • Develop a Job Description
  • Identify characteristics unique to the organization
  • Include information that applicants are unlikely to know about the job 
  • Present the company image
  • Explain what is done on the job and why it is done in this particular way

Realistic Job Preview Example:

To learn more about a Realistic Job Preview and how it can be implemented in your organization's hiring process, click here to contact us. 

New Call to action

Recent Posts

Learn more about our workforce solutions.

Contact Us