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    Age stereotyping in resume screening: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

    Drury, Lisbeth and Frasca, Keely and Schellaert, M. and Derous, E. (2022) Age stereotyping in resume screening: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Work, Aging and Retirement 8 (4), pp. 331-334. ISSN 2054-4650.

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    Theory and empirical evidence examining whether age stereotypes predict personnel decisions has recently been evaluated (Murphy & DeNisi, 2021), casting doubt on the validity and value of laboratory research conducted in this area. In this commentary we address three criticisms in respect of human decision-makers and resume screening. First, based on impression formation theory, we argue that resume screening is almost certainly a condition under which decision-makers are likely to rely on stereotypes, due to a lack of individuating information. Second, we address the criticism of inconsistent negative effects, which are likely linked to the complexity of stereotypes. Third, we contend that generalizability limitations are less applicable to resume screening studies compared to other personnel decisions discussed (Murphy & DeNisi, 2021). We end with suggesting that the wide variety of research methods employed across the resume literature is ideal for triangulation, which will provide a clearer understanding of resume screening stereotyping effects on age bias, the relevant moderators, and underlying psychological processes.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Lisbeth Drury
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 09:38
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:16


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