Publication Date

3-1979

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Raymond Mendel, Lawrence Hanser, Thomas Madron

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts

Abstract

This investigation was to determine if an applicant’s sex and the job’s sex orientation stereotypes affected the evaluation of applicant information and subsequent selection decision outcomes. Interviewers (N=48) were asked to rate the employment suitability of 49 hypothetical applicants. The results indicated that an interaction of the applicant’s sex and job’s sex orientation had marginal affect on the importance weightings in two of the four applicant attribute factors, motivation/ability and personality/appearance. Applicants with equivalent qualifications did not receive comparable employment suitability ratings, Unfair job discrimination was demonstrated by these data. It was concluded that the applicant’s sex and the job’s sex orientation stereotypes affected the evaluation of applicant attribute information and subsequent selection suitability ratings. Future research advocating a process orientation is suggested.

Disciplines

Gender and Sexuality | Human Resources Management | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Inequality and Stratification | Performance Management | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences