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Assessing applicants for PhD-positions: How to pick the right one?

Johansson, Jonas LU ; Benediktsson, Ivar Örn LU and Husted, Bjarne LU (2014) LTH:s 8:e pedagogiska inspirationskonferens, 2014
Abstract
This study focuses on the assessment and

selection of applicants for doctoral positions. The empirical

data was gathered through a survey among faculty staff at

Lund University, Sweden. The findings are also contrasted

against the literature within the subject area, which is

surprisingly scarce. One interesting finding of the survey is the

frequent use of interviews and infrequent use of other

assessment methods, such as personality tests or tasks, to assess

applicants. Further, interviews are believed by the respondents

to have a high predictive value on the applicants’ performance

in a doctoral program, despite doubts in the literature.... (More)
This study focuses on the assessment and

selection of applicants for doctoral positions. The empirical

data was gathered through a survey among faculty staff at

Lund University, Sweden. The findings are also contrasted

against the literature within the subject area, which is

surprisingly scarce. One interesting finding of the survey is the

frequent use of interviews and infrequent use of other

assessment methods, such as personality tests or tasks, to assess

applicants. Further, interviews are believed by the respondents

to have a high predictive value on the applicants’ performance

in a doctoral program, despite doubts in the literature. These

results seem to be in contrast with the experience and common

practice outside academia. This might be attributed to the fact

that all doctoral recruitments are carried out by supervisors

and co-supervisors, who are usually not professionally trained

in assessing and selecting applicants - (Less)
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Assessing, Recruiting, Selecting, Survey, PhD, Doctoral, Graduate, Student, Higher Education
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LTH:s 8:e pedagogiska inspirationskonferens, 2014
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selection of applicants for doctoral positions. The empirical<br/><br>
data was gathered through a survey among faculty staff at<br/><br>
Lund University, Sweden. The findings are also contrasted<br/><br>
against the literature within the subject area, which is<br/><br>
surprisingly scarce. One interesting finding of the survey is the<br/><br>
frequent use of interviews and infrequent use of other<br/><br>
assessment methods, such as personality tests or tasks, to assess<br/><br>
applicants. Further, interviews are believed by the respondents<br/><br>
to have a high predictive value on the applicants’ performance<br/><br>
in a doctoral program, despite doubts in the literature. These<br/><br>
results seem to be in contrast with the experience and common<br/><br>
practice outside academia. This might be attributed to the fact<br/><br>
that all doctoral recruitments are carried out by supervisors<br/><br>
and co-supervisors, who are usually not professionally trained<br/><br>
in assessing and selecting applicants -},
  author       = {Johansson, Jonas and Benediktsson, Ivar Örn and Husted, Bjarne},
  keyword      = {Assessing,Recruiting,Selecting,Survey,PhD,Doctoral,Graduate,Student,Higher Education},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Assessing applicants for PhD-positions: How to pick the right one?},
  year         = {2014},
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