Applicant Reactions in Selection: Comprehensive Meta-Analysis into Reaction Generalization Versus Situational Specificity

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Neil Anderson

Brunel University London

Jesus F. Salgado

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Ute R. Hülsheger

University of Amsterdam Business School

Abstract

This paper reports a comprehensive quantitative summary into applicant reactions to popular methods of employee selection. A detailed search of published and unpublished studies resulted in a final sample (k) of 38 independent samples covering 10 popular candidate assessment methods. Applicant reactions primary studies included samples from 17 countries internationally. Counter to previous suggestions for the situational specificity of applicant reactions, findings showed considerable similarity supporting the reaction generalizability hypothesis. Reaction favorability was structurally similar across countries and revealed a three-tier clustering of overall favorability perceptions –most preferred (work samples, interviews), favorably evaluated (resumes, cognitive tests, references, biodata, personality inventories), and least preferred (honesty tests, personal contacts, graphology). Some differences in applicant reactions to dimension-specific perceptions were found, however. Further analyses revealed strong positive correlations between favorability ratings and their validity and international usage. Implications for future research and ramifications for practice are considered in conclusion.

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Neil and Salgado Velo, Jesus F. and Hülsheger, Ute R., Applicant Reactions in Selection: Comprehensive Meta-Analysis into Reaction Generalization Versus Situational Specificity. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 291-304, September 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1661406 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2010.00512.x

Neil Anderson

Brunel University London ( email )

Kingston Lane
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

Jesus F. Salgado Velo

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela ( email )

Complejo Docente - Campus Universitario de Lugo
Lugo, A Coruña 15704
Spain

Ute R. Hülsheger

University of Amsterdam Business School ( email )

Roetersstraat 18
Amsterdam, 1018WB
Netherlands

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