Personality assessment across selection and development contexts: Insights into response distortion

Jill E. Ellingson, Paul R Sackett, Brian S. Connelly

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Abstract

Insight into applicant intentional distortion on personality measures was obtained by comparing individual responses provided in an organizational context with high motivation to distort (selection) and those provided in an organizational context with low motivation to distort (development). An assessment firm database containing responses to the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) was searched for within-subject data. Seven hundred and thirteen individuals were identified as having completed the CPI twice: once for selection purposes and once for development purposes or twice for the same purpose. Scale-score analyses both within and across contexts revealed a limited degree of response distortion. PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-395
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume92
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • Impression management
  • Organization contexts
  • Personality
  • Response distortion

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