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ERIC Number: ED067713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 24
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Speech Characteristics and Employability. Technical Report.
Hopper, Robert; And Others
This study investigated the hypothesis that an employer's hiring decisions are influenced by certain speech characteristics of prospective employees. Simulated job interviews of four different speakers were played for 62 employers involved in actual hiring. Sets of semantic differential scales were used to measure employer's attitudes towards the speakers. Employers also indicated the probability of hiring the prospective employees for job categories ranging from white collar to manual labor. The results demonstrated that employers seem to base judgments about intelligence, job competence, self-assurance, agreeability, and ethnicity on speech characteristics. The results also indicate that employers' ratings of speech characteristics are fair predictors of employability for higher job categories, but have little predictive value for the manual labor positions. (LG)
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Communication Research.