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Department of Psychology

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Master of Arts


A properly conducted job analysis can aid in the development of selection tests, performance appraisals, job evaluations, compensation systems, and training programs. Federal court decisions, employment law, and professional practice emphasize the importance of collecting job analysis information from a representative sample of incumbents. Unfortunately, research has been scarce and inconclusive in determining whether rater race and tenure is associated with job analysis task ratings. In this study a job analysis questionnaire was developed and administered to incumbents. Race based rating differences were found in only three of the 16 analyses. Associations between rater tenure and dimension scores were also found on only three of the 16 analyses. Thus, our hypotheses were not supported. Finally in an exploratory analysis, we investigated rating differences between Spanish and English speaking raters and failed to find any.



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