Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ethnicity, job experience, and interview ratings
by Walters, Sarah E., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 68; 1490352
Abstract (Summary)

Research has shown evidence for the employment interview’s susceptibility to rater bias. One bias that has been the subject of considerable research is the raters’ tendency to assign disproportionately higher ratings to candidates of their own ethnicity. While there is substantial research concerning this rater bias among African Americans and Caucasians, we know little of whether this bias exists among Hispanics, or whether it is affected by the raters’ job experience. The purpose of this study was to examine whether Caucasian and Hispanic raters assign higher scores to candidates of their own ethnicity in an interview for school Principal positions, and whether this relationship is moderated by the raters’ experience as a school Principal.

Results indicated, contrary to predictions, that rater and candidate ethnicity did not influence assigned ratings. Results also indicated that the raters’ length of experience as a school Principal had no impact on ratings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitney, David
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Occupational psychology, Ethnic studies, Vocational education
Publication Number: 1490352
ISBN: 9781124548012
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