Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Humor Used to Manage Impressions During Interviews
by Ramirez, Johanna, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2020, 67; 27957849
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to measure the relationships between rater error training and the evaluations of people using humor during an interview. Past research has supported the idea that humor can be used strategically by candidates to manage impressions and influence interview evaluations. The aim of this study was to further investigate this relationship between humor and impression management as well as the potential influence that rater error training (RET) could have on interview evaluations. This current study used the data from 167 Mechanical Turk participants who completed a survey for a monetary incentive. It was hypothesized that interviewees could use humor to minimize the impact of negative disclosures and score higher evaluations than those interviewees who do not use humor and it was hypothesized that raters could be trained to avoid humor misdirection. None of the hypotheses were supported. Additional findings and implications are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nadler, Joel T.
Commitee: Bartels, Lynn, Voyles, Elora
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology
Keywords: Humor, Interviews, Selection
Publication Number: 27957849
ISBN: 9798645498535
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