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    When traits are behaviors: the relationship between behavioral responses and trait-based overall assessment center ratings

    Jackson, Duncan and Barney, A.R. and Stillman, J.A. and Kirkley, W. (2007) When traits are behaviors: the relationship between behavioral responses and trait-based overall assessment center ratings. Human Performance 20 (4), 415 - 432. ISSN 0895-9285.

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    Abstract

    Interest in exercise effects commonly observed in assessment centers (ACs) has resurfaced with Lance, Lambert, Gewin, Lievens, and Conway's 2004 study. The study presented here addressed the construct validity puzzle associated with ACs by investigating whether traditional trait-based overall assessment ratings (OARs) could be explained by behavioral performance on exercises. In a sample of 208 job applicants from a real-world AC, it was found that the multivariate combination of scores from three behavioral checklists explained around 90% (p < .001) of the variance in supposedly trait-based OARs. This study adds to the AC literature by suggesting that traditional OARs are predictive of work outcomes because they reflect exercise-specific behavioral performance rather than trait-based assessments. If this is the case, validity and efficiency are best served by abandoning redundant trait ratings (dimensions) in favor of more direct behavioral ratings. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): PERSONALITY, HUMAN behavior, ASSESSMENT centers (Personnel management procedure), TEST validity, PERSONNEL management, JOB performance
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Duncan Jackson
    Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 15:48
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 15:48
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14229

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