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Validity of resume reviewers' inferences concerning applicant personality based on resume evaluation

Michael Cole, Hubert S. Feild & Jeremy O. Stafford

abstract Recruiters infer personal traits from job applicants' resumés and use these inferences in evaluating job applicants' employability. No research to date, however, has determined if resumé reviewers' inferences of applicants' personality drawn solely from resumé biographical data are valid. In the present study, resumé reviewers (N=52) examined one of two applicant resumés and then described the applicant's personality based on the Big 5 taxonomy. Validities of reviewers' inferences concerning applicant personality were assessed by correlating resumé reviewers' judgments with applicants' self-reported Big 5 personality scores. Results suggested that valid personality inferences are possible based solely on resumé evaluation. We also found evidence suggesting that attending a brief training session may enhance reviewers' accuracy when inferring applicants' personality from resumé information.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-12-2005
journal International Journal of Selection and Assessment
publisher Blackwell (Oxford)
ISSN 0965-075X
ISSN (online) 1468-2389
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2389.2005.00329.x
volume of journal 13
number of issue 4
page(s) 321-324
review double-blind review
   
citation Cole, M., Feild, H. S., & Stafford, J. O. (2005). Validity of resume reviewers' inferences concerning applicant personality based on resume evaluation. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 13(4), 321-324, DOI:10.1111/j.1468-2389.2005.00329.x.