Academic journal article Applied H.R.M. Research

Validity Study: Relationship of a Biodata Instrument and a Big 5 Personality Measure with the Job Performance of Entry-Level Production Workers

Academic journal article Applied H.R.M. Research

Validity Study: Relationship of a Biodata Instrument and a Big 5 Personality Measure with the Job Performance of Entry-Level Production Workers

Article excerpt

Scores on a predictor battery of biodata and personality measures completed by a sample of 180 entry-level production workers were correlated with supervisory ratings of job performance collected specifically for this study. The biodata assessment and the Big 5 personality construct of emotional stability were significantly correlated with the criterion measure (uncorrected correlations were .59 and .15, respectively). However, the Big 5 construct provided small incremental validity in predicting the criterion measure when combined with the biodata assessment in a stepwise multiple regression analysis.

Sample

N 180 Entry-level production workers in the automotive supply industry

Gender 65% were men, 35% were women

Race 84% were White, 12% were Black, 4% were Hispanic/Latino, 6% were Asian American, and 1% were Native American Indian

Age Mean = 31.1

Location

The data for this study were collected at a Tier 1 Global Automotive Supplier located in the Midwestern United States.

Predictor Information

The predictors in the study consisted of a biodata inventory and a Big 5 personality measure. The biodata inventory was developed specifically for selecting manufacturing employees and contains items related to school, teamwork, and both work and personal experiences. It has an empirical key based on manufacturing norms. The Big 5 personality measure was obtained from the International Personality Item Pool. It has scales for conscientiousness, emotional stability, openness to experience, extraversion, and agreeableness. Table 1 contains the reliabilities and intercorrelations of the five predictors.

Criterion Information

The criterion consisted of supervisory ratings of job performance. …

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