Impact of recruiter authoritarianism and applicant sex on evaluation and selection decisions in a recruitment interview analogue study

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Abstract

Investigated the role of authoritarianism in Ss' judgments of male and female candidates in a job selection interview. Male and female personnel officers were randomly selected from a pool of 144 volunteers (males' ages 23–58 yrs, females' 21–50 yrs) and were assigned on the basis of Revised California F Scale scores to high, moderate, and low authoritarian groups, until 14 males and 14 females constituted each group. It was hypothesized that high authoritarian Ss of both sexes (a) would rate male job applicants more favorably than females when they were presented in simulated videotaped recruitment interviews and (b) would subsequently make more job offers to male than female job applicants. Results support both hypotheses and indicate the usefulness of extending this approach to other aspects of the employment setting and to other nonemployment settings, such as vocational counseling. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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