New Column in TIP


Oh, looks like my new column went up in TIP, in which my co-author and I talk about research that bridges the gap between scientists and practitioners. My part of this issue’s column talked about some really interesting stuff going in the applicant reactions area, but coming at it from a slightly different perspective. I talk about how there’s some opportunities for some really interesting and novel research by looking at how stakeholders other than applicants react to selection systems. It’s an idea that refuses to stop rattling around in the back of my head, and I’d like to do some research in the near future if possible.

Most practitioners would have little difficulty imagining or even recalling from memory these kinds of beliefs in action. Who hasn’t had a hiring manager come in and insist that you explain why someone who passed your test is failing miserably on the job or demand that exceptions to the testing rules be made for a candidate who they have a really good gut feel for on account of some ineffable quality or some perplexing constellation of traits? For those of us who administer selection systems in organizations, these are the kinds of battles and challenges that we face daily, and many of us have come up with a list of well-rehearsed starting points for those discussions. Moreover, Highhouse, along with many of the people responding to his article in the same issue, provides some insight and suggestions not only for combating these attacks, but also for developing research programs to examine the issue scientifically.

Read the whole column.

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