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The effect of interview structure in interview transcript on applicants' reactions : a laboratory experiment

Mohd. Taib, Maisarah and Alias, Alizi (2008) The effect of interview structure in interview transcript on applicants' reactions : a laboratory experiment. In: National Seminar on Psychology and Human Development, December 24, 2008, National University Malaysia (UKM). (Unpublished)

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The present study has examined the effects of interview structure on applicants’ reactions by comparing among structured, semi-structured and unstructured interview. Forty-one final year undergraduate psychology students participated in the present study and they were asked to imagine themselves as applicants for the post of research assistant (RA) and they were interviewed via interview transcripts. Prior to answering the interview questions in the transcript, they were asked to read a job description of RA. Afterward, counterbalanced interview transcripts were distributed to all of them. Once everyone finished, participants responded to applicants’ reactions self-report survey. The results showed a significant effect of interview structure on applicants’ reactions with F (1, 40) =35.289; p<0.01. Particularly, applicants reacted negatively to structured interview compared to semi-structured (t (41) =-8.67; p<0.01) and unstructured interview (t (41) = -5.94; p<0.01). No significant difference was found in applicants’ reactions between semi-structured and unstructured interview with t (41) = 1.56; p>0.05. The findings were then discussed in relation to review of past literature, in addition to the study’s limitations and its implications were discussed with further suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Papers)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applicants’ reactions, employment interview, interview structure, interview transcript
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Centre for Foundation Studies
Depositing User: Miss Maisarah Mohd. Taib
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 17:28
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 08:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/22216

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