Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2015

Abstract

This study aims to advance our conceptual understanding of selection procedures by exploring the effect of response fidelity (i.e., written constructed response vs. behavioral constructed response) on test performance, validity, and applicant perceptions. Stimulus fidelity (multimedia stimulus) was kept constant. In a field experiment, 208 applicants for entry-level police officer jobs completed a multimedia situational judgment test with written constructed responses and behavioral responses. We hypothesized the behavioral response mode (a) to be a better predictor of police trainee performance one year later, (b) to be less cognitively saturated, (c) to exhibit higher personality (extraversion) saturation, and (d) to be perceived more positively in terms of media richness. Results suggested support for these hypotheses, although most effect sizes were not large. Implications for a building block approach to personnel selection procedures are discussed.

Keywords

Personnel selection, Response fidelity, Assessment center, Situational judgment test

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Management

Volume

41

Issue

6

First Page

1604

Last Page

1627

ISSN

0149-2063

Identifier

10.1177/0149206312463941

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org./10.1177/0149206312463941

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