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Managerial Valuation of Applicant Credentials and Personal Traits in Hiring Decisions


James R. Jones


Illinois State University - Katie Insurance School

Catherine Y. Co


University of Nebraska at Omaha - Department of Economics

James Harter


The Gallup Organization

Myeong-Su Yun


Tulane University; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


IZA Discussion Paper No. 5684

Abstract:     
We study how managers value applicant credentials and personal traits in hiring decisions. Using the ordered probit model, we confirm previous results -managers rank applicant traits higher than credentials. However, we also uncover patterns not previously observed - managerial valuations of some of these characteristics are dependent on managers' perception of the overall state of the economy, on firm and immediate workplace characteristics, and on managers' personal characteristics. Manager valuations of credentials vary with a large number of factors; this is not so for applicant personal traits. This is not surprising as most managers view the five traits considered "as extremely important."

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: personality, credentials, hiring practices, ordered probit

JEL Classification: J29, M12, C21

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Date posted: May 9, 2011  

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Jones, James R. and Co, Catherine Y. and Harter, James and Yun, Myeong-Su, Managerial Valuation of Applicant Credentials and Personal Traits in Hiring Decisions. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5684. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1835324

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James R. Jones
Illinois State University - Katie Insurance School ( email )
Normal, IL 61790
United States
Catherine Yap Co
University of Nebraska at Omaha - Department of Economics ( email )
College of Business Administration
60th and Dodge Streets
Omaha, NE 68182
United States
402-554-2805 (Phone)
402-554-3747 (Fax)
James Harter
The Gallup Organization ( email )
Washington, DC 20004
United States
Myeong-Su Yun
Tulane University ( email )
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States
504-862-8356 (Phone)
504-865-5869 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.tulane.edu/~msyun/
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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