Emotional Intelligence Among Black and White Job Applicants: Examining Differences in Test Performance and Test Reactions

12 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2014

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Daniel S. Whitman

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Eyran Kraus

City of Miami

David L. Van Rooy

Florida International University

Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

The present work examines applicant reactions to a test of emotional intelligence (EI) using an organizational sample of 334 job applicants. Results indicated that Blacks had higher face validity and opportunity to perform perceptions of EI than Whites, but that Whites performed significantly better than Blacks on the EI test. Although exploratory analyses revealed that test performance was positively related to test reactions, we also found that the magnitude of this relationship differed between Blacks and Whites for opportunity to perform perceptions. We discuss our findings by offering practical advice for organizations considering or using a measure of EI for selection and assessment.

Suggested Citation

Whitman, Daniel S. and Kraus, Eyran and Van Rooy, David L., Emotional Intelligence Among Black and White Job Applicants: Examining Differences in Test Performance and Test Reactions (June 2014). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 199-210, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429079 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijsa.12069

Daniel S. Whitman (Contact Author)

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge ( email )

Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

Eyran Kraus

City of Miami

Miami, FL
United States

David L. Van Rooy

Florida International University ( email )

University Park
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

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