Williams: DOES PRACTICE MAKE PERFECT? EFFECTS OF FEEDBACK AND PRACTICE ON INTERVIEW PERFORMANCE

Kate Williams
DOES PRACTICE MAKE PERFECT? EFFECTS OF FEEDBACK AND PRACTICE ON INTERVIEW PERFORMANCE
Committee: Pat Raymark (Chair), Cindy Pury, Patrick Rosopa, Ben Stephens

Dissertation Defense
Monday, July 30, 9:00am
Brackett 419

This study examined the incremental effectiveness of interview practice and feedback on candidates’ interview performance. In addition, interviewee anxiety, impression management behaviors, and core self-evaluation were considered as intervening variables between the training manipulations and interview performance. In this experimental design, participants were assigned to one of three groups: the control group, the interview practice group, and the coaching group that received practice plus feedback from a counselor. Employer representatives evaluated subsequent interview performance within a final mock interview.

Although initial hypotheses predicting differential effects of interview training on interview performance ratings were not supported, relationships were discovered among remaining variables. As predicted, less anxious candidates performed more impression management behaviors, which in turn were related to higher interview ratings. Core-self evaluation, the composite variable including self-esteem, self-efficacy, locus of control and emotional stability, demonstrated a direct effect on interview performance, interview anxiety and impression management behaviors.

In sum, this study expands our knowledge of how anxiety, impression management behaviors, and core self-evaluation influence interview ratings.

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