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What can we uncover about applicants based on their resumes? A field study

Michael Cole, Hurbert Feild & William F. Giles

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abstract When used as an initial screening tool, applicants’ resumes provide employers a convenient and cost-effective means for assessing applicants’ qualifications in areas such as education, work experience, and special skills. In the current study, we investigated if recruiters’ judgments of the presence of information reported on applicants’ resumes was related to applicants’ general mental ability and Big Five personality dimensions. Two hundred and eighty-four recruiters assessed the extent to which specific items were present on the resumes of actual job applicants (N = 321). Results showed relationships between recruiters’ assessments regarding applicants’ resume information and applicants’ mental ability and personality traits. Implications for the use of resume information in the selection process are discussed.
   
type journal paper
   
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language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2003
journal Applied HRM Research
publisher Radford Univ. (Radford, Va.)
ISSN 1055-9094
volume of journal 8
number of issue 2
page(s) 51-62
review not reviewed
   
citation Cole, M., Feild, H., & Giles, W. F. (2003). What can we uncover about applicants based on their resumes? A field study. Applied HRM Research, 8(2), 51-62.