Don't You Know Me Well Enough Yet? Comparing Reactions of Internal and External Candidates to Employment Testing

10 Pages Posted: 19 May 2012

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Gary W. Giumetti

Quinnipiac University

Evan F. Sinar

Development Dimensions International (DDI)

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

Employment tests, once primarily focused on screening external applicants, are increasingly used for decisions involving internal candidates (e.g., promotions or lateral transfers). The current study examines differences between internal and external candidates in reactions to an online selection test. Results indicate that internal candidates perceived a general lack of advance information regarding the assessment. However, they were considerably more likely to recommend the organization to others as compared with external candidates. Candidate status also moderated several reactions–outcomes relationships. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for organizations and directions for future research on internal candidate reactions are proposed.

Suggested Citation

Giumetti, Gary W. and Sinar, Evan F., Don't You Know Me Well Enough Yet? Comparing Reactions of Internal and External Candidates to Employment Testing (June 2012). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 139-148, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2062021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2012.00587.x

Gary W. Giumetti (Contact Author)

Quinnipiac University ( email )

275 Mt. Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
United States

Evan F. Sinar

Development Dimensions International (DDI) ( email )

Bridgeville, PA 15017
United States

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