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Interviewers regularly make personality-related attributions in interviews, whether purposefully or not. In this study, we examined whether changing a contextual cue in a videoconference interview (the cleanliness of the room where the interviewee is located) influenced interviewers’ ratings of interviewee conscientiousness and interview performance ratings. We conducted a between-subjects experiment (N = 389) and manipulated three factors: background cleanliness (clean vs. messy) x location (office vs. home) x gender of job candidate (man vs. woman). The dependent variables were conscientiousness ratings and interview performance ratings. There was a main effect of cleanliness on conscientiousness and on interview performance ratings; these results were consistent in both the office and the home setting. The findings may inform best practices for participants in videoconference interviews.
Powell, Deborah M.; Kavanagh, Maria V.; Wiseman, Bethany E.; and Hodgins, Audrey
"Effects of Background Cues on Videoconference Interview Ratings,"
Personnel Assessment and Decisions: Number 9
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/pad/vol9/iss1/3
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