Exploratory study of a matching approach to personnel selection: The impact of ethnicity

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Abstract

A matching procedure for selection of clerical personnel, based on task and working condition preferences of applicants, was studied for the impact of ethnicity and stability over time. The impact of ethnicity was examined among 200 White, 200 Black, and 200 Hispanic applicants by comparing task/condition preferences with ethnicity. Although a number of significant relationships between task/condition preferences and ethnicity were observed, the magnitude of effect of ethnicity on preferences for singular job conditions and tasks seemed to be near zero in most cases. The data tentatively suggest that the matching procedure might produce little adverse impact in operational use. In the stability study, 71 applicants for state clerical jobs completed a Clerical Job Condition and Task Preference Schedule at 2 different times. The preference schedule was more stable for applicants with previous clerical work experience and tended to be more stable for White than for Black or Hispanic applicants. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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