Selectors' Decision Strategies when Assessing Immigrant Job Applicants

J. te Nijenhuis, K. van Dam, S. Aarts, H. van der Flier

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    Immigrant job applicants are often not fluent in the majority language. This raises the question whether selectors adjust their decision strategy when selecting immigrants. In two field studies (N=1,949 and N=156), we examined the decision strategies of professional selectors. Selectors used differential strategies, giving less weight to the test scores and impression scores of immigrants. Dutch language proficiency served as a moderator variable; test scores were considered less important in the employment recommendation especially for immigrants with low language skills. Yet professional selectors also used similar strategies for different groups; the same test scores led to the same recommendations, regardless of ethnicity. In sum, personnel selectors adjusted their decision strategy for immigrants, but this did not lead to immigrants receiving higher recommendations than majority applicants with similar test scores. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)88-100
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Selection and Assessment
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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