Examination of the relative importance of the dimensions of applicants' work experience: A policy-capturing approach
Adams, Ann A.
Quinones, Miguel A.
Master of Arts
This study examines whether raters are sensitive to differences among job applicants on multiple dimensions of work experience. A policy-capturing approach was employed to investigate the relative importance of applicant age and time, amount, and type-based measures of experience. Undergraduates, MBAs, and recruiters made judgements about work experience, job knowledge, motivation, intelligence, responsibility, and likelihood of hire. The time-based measure had the strongest influence on decisions about work experience. The amount and type-based measures had the most influence on decisions about the other dependent variables. Older applicants tended to receive lower ratings on all dependent variables. There were no significant differences in decision policies among the three samples. Participants employed complex decision policies, had a relatively high degree of cognitive control, and had a fair amount of insight into their decisions. Experienced raters tended to place more importance on the time-based measure than inexperienced raters.
Management; Industrial psychology; Business administration; Psychology