ERIC Number: ED315679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
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Empirical Investigation of Job Applicants' Reactions to Taking a Pre-Employment Honesty Test.
Jones, John W.; Joy, Dennis
Employee theft is widespread and difficult to detect. Many companies have attempted to control the employee theft problem through pre-employment screening. The use of paper-and-pencil honesty tests in this process has become increasingly common. These two studies empirically investigated job applicants' (N=450) reactions to taking a pre-employment honesty test. Contrary to common perceptions, the majority of applicants had no objection to taking an honesty test. Moreover, in both studies the applicants' reactions toward the honesty test were significantly related to their honesty test scores. That is, applicants who objected to taking the test were reliably more likely to have scored below standards than applicants who did not object. These results imply that organizations can feel more assured that the majority of employment applicants will probably not report major objections to taking honesty tests. Additional research is warranted in this relatively new area of inquiry. Very little research exists on how job applicants react to taking any type of employment test. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (97th, New Orleans, LA, August 11-15, 1989).