ERIC Number: ED313763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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I Don't Want To Answer That! A Response Strategy Model for Potentially Discriminatory Questions.
Keyton, Joann; Springston, Jeffery K.
Two studies examined the effectiveness of a model designed as an instructional aid in teaching college students how to respond to potentially discriminatory employment interview questions. Subjects in the first study, 91 students enrolled in communication classes in a mid-size Wisconsin university who were told that they would be asked to respond to potentially discriminatory questions and 99 similar students who were not told that they would be asked to respond to potentially discriminatory questions, were instructed to think about the type of job they would be seeking in the near future and were asked to write how they would actually respond to a set of six discriminatory questions. Subjects for the second study, 291 adults identified from the mailing lists of the continuing and adult education division of a mid-size university in Alabama, were sent a three-page questionnaire asking them to write exactly what they would say if an interviewer asked them questions which, unknown to the respondents, were discriminatory. Sixty-two surveys were returned, for a response rate of 21.3%. Results indicated that although the demographics for the student and non-student populations differed considerably, the primary response strategy was the same--the overwhelming response to potentially discriminatory questions was to give the information requested, even when the subjects were told that the questions were illegal. Findings suggest support for the model for interviewee responses to impermissible interview questions. (Three tables of data are included, and 17 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Wisconsin