Subjective applicant qualifications and interpersonal attraction as mediators within a process model of interview selection decisions

Kim J. Wade, Angelo J. Kinicki

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Abstract

Past research comparing the relative influence of objective and subjective applicant qualifications within the interview context suggests a dominant influence of subjectively assessed applicant qualifications. However, methodological concerns cast doubt upon this conclusion. The present investigation overcomes previous methodological limitations by reanalyzing data from Kinicki and Lockwood (1985) using covariance structural modeling. Twenty-four professional recruiters interviewed 91 college seniors. Results indicate interviewers differentiate between applicant objective and subjective qualifications, but perceptions of applicant subjective qualifications and interviewing skills are indistinguishable. The interviewer's subjective impression of the applicant completely mediates the effect of applicants' relevant experience levels, but not academic achievement. This finding suggests the possibility that academic achievement be entered into the final hiring decision independently of interviewer judgments. The current results indicate a positive relationship between interpersonal attraction and interview outcomes, perhaps suggesting interviewers are measuring applicant fit in addition to job skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-40
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume50
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Subjective applicant qualifications and interpersonal attraction as mediators within a process model of interview selection decisions. / Wade, Kim J.; Kinicki, Angelo J.

In: Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol. 50, No. 1, 02.1997, p. 23-40.

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