Ability and Personality Predictors of Salary, Perceived Job Success, and Perceived Career Success in the Initial Career Stage

8 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2008

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Joseph C. Rode

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marne Arthaud-Day

Kansas State University

Christine H. Mooney

Northern Illinois University

Janet P. Near

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship

Timothy T. Baldwin

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship

Abstract

Using longitudinal data from a sample of recent college graduates, we examined the effects of ability (general mental ability and emotional intelligence) and personality (Big Five and proactive personality) on extrinsic (i.e., salary) and intrinsic (i.e., perceived job and career success) indicators of career success. Results from regression analyses indicated that gender, extroversion, and agreeableness were the strongest predictors of salary. Emotional stability and proactive personality predicted perceived job success, while extroversion was significantly related to perceived career success. Neither of the ability measures significantly predicted our indicators of extrinsic or intrinsic career success. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Rode, Joseph C. and Arthaud-Day, Marne and Mooney, Christine H. and Near, Janet P. and Baldwin, Timothy T., Ability and Personality Predictors of Salary, Perceived Job Success, and Perceived Career Success in the Initial Career Stage. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 292-299, September 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1242520 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2008.00435.x

Joseph C. Rode (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marne Arthaud-Day

Kansas State University ( email )

Manhattan, KS 66506
United States

Christine H. Mooney

Northern Illinois University

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy
Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
United States

Janet P. Near

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Timothy T. Baldwin

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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