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The Influence of Perceived Competition on Intentions to Fake in Employment Interviews

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Title: The Influence of Perceived Competition on Intentions to Fake in Employment Interviews
Author: Ho, Jordan
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Powell, Deborah
Abstract: Many applicants fake, or intentionally misrepresent information, in employment interviews. Recent theories of faking propose that applicants may fake more when there are situational cues that signal intense competition for the job. We tested this proposition by manipulating the number of competitors and selection ratio in selection scenarios, and assessed individuals’ faking intentions. We also examined whether Honesty-Humility moderated the relation between competition and faking intentions. Hypotheses were tested using a between-subjects study with 775 participants. Results show that faking intentions increased with few competitors and a small selection ratio. Honesty-Humility did not moderate the relation between competition and faking intentions. Findings support competition as a situational predictor of faking intentions, lending support to models of faking.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14116
Date: 2018-08
Rights: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
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