Symposium 703 - Selection Interviews: A Deeper Understanding Of Processes And Consequences

Selection methods
vendredi 19 mai   04:15 PM à 05:45 PM (1 heure 30 minutes)
Employee Selection
Selection methods
Selection interviews: a deeper understanding of processes and consequences
M. Kleinmann*, A. Wilhelmy 1
1Department of Psychology, Zurich, Switzerland
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art
Selection interviews are established tools in personnel psychology. They are widely used and possess predictive validity. However, the dynamics between the recruitment staff and the applicants during the selection interview have not yet been the main focus of interview research.
New Perspectives/Contributions
Five studies examine this important area in more depth.  In the first two studies, applicants try to influence the recruitment staff in different ways. In the first study, the focus lies on antecedents of honest and deceptive impression management behavior of applicants.  In the second study, we increased our understanding of the dynamics and outcomes of applicant nonverbal behaviour in employment interviews by introducing mimicry. The third study asks whether the recruitment staff should provide applicants with different levels of information during the interview. Information worked as a suppressor: it had a positive indirect effect on overall organizational attractiveness through perceived information known and openness, and a direct negative effect on organizational attractiveness. The fourth study examines the effects of the expectation of fairness on organizational attractiveness in a longitudinal design. Finally, the last study regards the effect of a specific developed leadership interview on well-being of applicants’ coworkers. Regarding criterion-related validity, the results showed that the overall interview rating of leadership behaviors predicted subordinates’ intrinsic work motivation, affective commitment, and general well-being.
Research/Practical Implications
The five studies substantially increase our knowledge of the dyadic interaction within the selection interview as its antecedents and consequences.
Discussant: Allen Huffcutt


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