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Hella Sylva

Negative psychological effects of selection predictors upon applicants


This PhD-project will investigate the mental health and career exploration impacts of exposure to selection method outcome decisions upon unsuccessful applicants. Theoretically-grounded propositions of the likely impacts of receiving negative outcome decisions will be tested empirically across a series of large-scale field studies. Likely methods to be investigated include cognitive ability tests, tests of personality, structured and unstructured interviews, assessment centers, honesty and integrity tests, and tests of drug and alcohol dependence upon applicants. Applicant resiliance to receipt of negative outcome decisions will be examined in relation to candidate personality, self-esteem, and social support as hypothesised mediators of NPEs.


The intended starting date of the project is June 1, 2006.