Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

John O'Connor, Carley Dodd, Randall Capps

Degree Program

Department of Communication

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The relationship of attitude change, eye contact time, and interview length to selection interview outcome was investigated by directly observing fifty-four selection interviews. Statistical analysis of the data revealed that although attitude change was the only independent variable significantly related to interview outcome, all three independent variables interacted in such a manner that applicant acceptance or rejection was correctly predicted 83 percent of the time. Attitude change was concluded to be the product of interview content. Furthermore, the predictive power of variable interaction was interpreted as meaning that given attitude change, eye contact time, and interview length, applicant acceptance or rejection may be predicted a significant portion of the time.


Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Speech and Rhetorical Studies