Big Five Traits: Predictors of Retesting Propensity and Score Improvement

11 Pages Posted: 9 May 2017

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Laura G. Barron

Government of the United States of America - Air Force

Jason Randall

University of Manitoba - Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS)

John Trent

Government of the United States of America - Air Force

James Johnson

Government of the United States of America - Air Force

Anton J. Villado

Rice University

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

Although most high‐stakes admissions, credentialing, and pre‐employment tests allow candidates to retest, relatively little is known about the personal traits of candidates who persist in retesting upon initial failure. In this study we investigated whether Big Five traits may predispose initially unsuccessful applicants to retest and subsequently improve on high‐stakes cognitive ability and knowledge tests required for personnel selection. In this study personality measures (unlike the cognitive tests) did not affect selection outcomes and hence did not provide applicants incentive to distort their personality responses to gain entry into the organization. Applicants higher in conscientiousness were more likely to retest, and emotional stability positively predicted cognitive test score improvement. We discuss implications of these results for organizations considering retesting policies.

Suggested Citation

Barron, Laura G. and Randall, Jason and Trent, John and Johnson, James and Villado, Anton J., Big Five Traits: Predictors of Retesting Propensity and Score Improvement (June 2017). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 138-148, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2965200 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijsa.12166

Laura G. Barron (Contact Author)

Government of the United States of America - Air Force ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Jason Randall

University of Manitoba - Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) ( email )

750 Bannatyne Ave
Winnipeg, R3E 0W3
Canada

John Trent

Government of the United States of America - Air Force

Washington, DC
United States

James Johnson

Government of the United States of America - Air Force

Washington, DC
United States

Anton J. Villado

Rice University

6100 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

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