Applicant ethnicity affects which questions are asked in a job interview: The role of expected fit

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Three experiments on professional recruiters explored how applicants' ethnicity affects questions prepared for a job interview and the implications of this. Study 1 revealed that outgroup applicants prompt recruiters to focus more on whether applicants have integrated cultural norms and values fitting the ingroup norms (person-culture fit), as well as the match between the applicants and their would-be work team (person-group fit). When applicants were from the ethnic ingroup, recruiters focused more on questions pertaining to the match between the applicants' abilities and the specific demands of the job (person-job fit). Studies 2 and 3 revealed that questions prepared for outgroup applicants were rated as less useful for hireability decisions, and that summaries emphasizing person-job fit were perceived as more useful.


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  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)


  • Discrimination, Ethnicity, Interview questions, Person-environment fit, Recruitment
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-74
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Personnel Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1
Publication categoryResearch