Spotting the "ideal" Personality Response: Effects of Item Matching in Forced Choice Measures for Personnel Selection

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Abstract

Forced choice (FC) personality questionnaires attempt to constrain job applicants from presenting idealized responses (or "faking"). FC questionnaires are designed by identifying items equally desirable in applicants, matching these into "blocks," and instructing respondents to rank the items "most like" themselves. Nonetheless, how closely items should bematched remains unclear, and desirability seems dependent on the job. We investigated how strongly respondents (N=436)agreed regarding the "ideal" applicant response, while varying (a) how closely items were matched into blocksand(b) the job context. While the most closely matched blocks elicited slightagreement on an ideal response, agreement increased notice ably with poorer matching. Nonetheless, differences in item desirability between different job conditions were evident even in closely matched blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Personnel Psychology
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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