How Much Do Chinese Applicants Fake?

4 Pages Posted: 19 May 2012

See all articles by Cornelius J. König

Cornelius J. König

University of Zurich - Psychology Institute

Jan Wong

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Guozhen Cen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

More and more organizations have applicants who come from different cultural backgrounds, and according to new research, these cultural backgrounds matter for applicants' self‐presentational behavior (i.e., faking). If applicants come from China, can organizations assume that they will present themselves modestly, as suggested by Chinese norms? Or should organizations assume that there will be much self‐presentational behavior due to the high unemployment rate, at least among Chinese graduates? To answer this question, we obtained data from 307 Chinese applicants on their self‐presentational behavior, using the randomized response technique to ensure anonymity. We compared these data with similar data sets from the United States, Switzerland, and China. Contrary to the proposed modesty hypothesis in Chinese samples, perhaps due to high unemployment, self‐presentation was as prevalent in Chinese samples as in American samples.

Suggested Citation

König, Cornelius J. and Wong, Jan and Cen, Guozhen, How Much Do Chinese Applicants Fake? (June 2012). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 247-250, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2062030 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2012.00596.x

Cornelius J. König (Contact Author)

University of Zurich - Psychology Institute ( email )

Ch-8001 Zurich
Switzerland

Jan Wong

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Guozhen Cen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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