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Expected fit: Applicant ethnicity affects which questions that are prepared for a job interview

Wolgast, Sima LU ; Björklund, Fredrik LU and Bäckström, Martin LU (2017) In Journal of Personnel Psychology
Abstract
Three experiments on professional recruiters explored how applicants’ ethnicity affects questions prepared for a job interview and the implications of this. Experiment 1 revealed that outgroup applicants prompt recruiters to focus more on whether applicants have integrated cultural norms and values fitting the ingroup-norms (Person-Culture fit), as well as the match between the applicants and their would-be work team (Person-Group fit). When applicants were from the ethnic ingroup, recruiters focused more on questions pertaining to the match between the applicants’ abilities and the specific demands of the job (Person-Job fit). Experiment 2 and 3 revealed that questions prepared for outgroup applicants were rated as less useful for... (More)
Three experiments on professional recruiters explored how applicants’ ethnicity affects questions prepared for a job interview and the implications of this. Experiment 1 revealed that outgroup applicants prompt recruiters to focus more on whether applicants have integrated cultural norms and values fitting the ingroup-norms (Person-Culture fit), as well as the match between the applicants and their would-be work team (Person-Group fit). When applicants were from the ethnic ingroup, recruiters focused more on questions pertaining to the match between the applicants’ abilities and the specific demands of the job (Person-Job fit). Experiment 2 and 3 revealed that questions prepared for outgroup applicants were rated as less useful for hireability decisions, and that summaries emphasizing Person-Job fit were perceived as more useful. (Less)
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Person-culture fit, Person-organization fit, job-interview, ethnicity, discrimination, arab
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Journal of Personnel Psychology
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  abstract     = {Three experiments on professional recruiters explored how applicants’ ethnicity affects questions prepared for a job interview and the implications of this. Experiment 1 revealed that outgroup applicants prompt recruiters to focus more on whether applicants have integrated cultural norms and values fitting the ingroup-norms (Person-Culture fit), as well as the match between the applicants and their would-be work team (Person-Group fit). When applicants were from the ethnic ingroup, recruiters focused more on questions pertaining to the match between the applicants’ abilities and the specific demands of the job (Person-Job fit). Experiment 2 and 3 revealed that questions prepared for outgroup applicants were rated as less useful for hireability decisions, and that summaries emphasizing Person-Job fit were perceived as more useful.},
  author       = {Wolgast, Sima and Björklund, Fredrik and Bäckström, Martin},
  issn         = {2190-5150},
  keyword      = {Person-culture fit,Person-organization fit,job-interview,ethnicity,discrimination,arab},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Hogrefe & Huber Publishers},
  series       = {Journal of Personnel Psychology},
  title        = {Expected fit: Applicant ethnicity affects which questions that are prepared for a job interview},
  year         = {2017},
}