Demonstration of the Effect, “Similar to Me,” in Simulated Employment Interviews

  title={Demonstration of the Effect, “Similar to Me,” in Simulated Employment Interviews},
  author={Thomas M. Rand and Kenneth N. Wexley},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={535 - 544}
Simulated video-taped employment interviews were constructed in which a black and a white applicant presented, in addition to job-related statements, biographical background information which was either similar or dissimilar to that of the white interviewer. 160 subjects were selected as interviewers who demonstrated extreme scores on the variables of need for affiliation and racial prejudice. The results indicated that biographical similarity of interviewer and applicant led to higher ratings… 

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