Do Impression Management Scales in Personality Inventories Predict Managerial Job Performance Ratings?

Chockalingam Viswesvaran, Deniz S. Ones, Leaetta M. Hough

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Abstract

Theorists have argued that impression management scales should predict job performance in jobs where interpersonal interactions are important. This research examined the correlation between impression management scale scores and overall job performance as well as its component dimensions for managerial jobs (one type of job requiring considerable interpersonal interaction). First, a meta-analysis was conducted to determine the relationship between impression management scale scores and overall managerial performance. Results indicated that the correlation was .04 (k=17, N=20,069) for managers. Two additional studies were conducted to investigate the relationship between impression management and specific facets or dimensions of managerial performance. In one of these two studies, the relationships between impression management scores and supervisory ratings on 24 performance facets were investigated for 826 managers. Criterion-related validities ranged from -.06 to .07. In the second study, correlations of an impression management scale with ratings on 22 dimensions of performance were examined using a sample of 257 executives. The validities ranged from .01 to .11. There appears to be little evidence that impression management scales predict job performance in at least one job category where interpersonal interactions are important (management). Potential relevance of these results for understanding social desirability in personality measurement for personnel selection is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-289
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Selection and Assessment
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes

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