Consent Form



Executive Search and Professional Online Networking

Approval No 2056

Participant Selection and Purpose of Study
You are invited to participate in a study investigating the use of professional online networking sites by executive recruiters. We hope to learn more about the relationship between a person’s professional online networking profile and the likelihood of he or she being contacted by an executive search recruiter for a meeting. You were selected as a possible participant in this study because you are a working adult who may have used professional online networking sites.

Description of Study and Risks
If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which will take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Specifically, the questionnaire will ask you to assume the role of an executive search recruiter and, based on a hypothetical job advertisement, rate the suitability of hypothetical candidates for the role advertised, and the likelihood of you contacting each candidate for a meeting. You will also be asked to rate the importance of a number of profile features on your decision making process.

No discomfort, inconvenience, or risk is expected to arise due to your participation in this study.

Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information
Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or except as required by law. If you give us your permission by clicking on the “I agree to participate” button, we plan to discuss or publish the results in academic journals, theses, dissertations, or academic meetings. In any discussion or publication, information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified.

Your consent
Your decision whether or not to participate will not prejudice your future relations with The University of New South Wales and your organization. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and to discontinue participation at any time without prejudice.

Feedback to participants
If you would like to receive a summary of research findings, please send us an email at with the subject line “Executive Search and Professional Online Networking”. We will send you a report as soon as the data has been analysed.

If you have any additional questions or concerns following your participation, Jue Yao ( and Dr. Paula Saunders (; 9385 1553) will be happy to address them.

Complaints may be directed to the Ethics Secretariat, The University of New South Wales, SYDNEY 2052 AUSTRALIA (phone 9385 4234, fax 9385 6648, email Any complaint you make will be investigated promptly and you will be informed of the outcome.

Decision to participate
You are making a decision whether or not to participate. Clicking on the “I agree to participate” button below indicates that, having read the information above, you have decided to participate. If you do not agree, please click on the “I do not agree to participate” button or close this page in your browser.

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