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The role of job relatedness and self-efficacy in applicant fairness perceptions in a high-stakes selection setting

Zibarras, L. D. & Patterson, F. (2015). The role of job relatedness and self-efficacy in applicant fairness perceptions in a high-stakes selection setting. pp. 332-344. doi: 10.1111/ijsa.12118


This article presents results from two samples of applicants (total N = 368) for general practitioner posts in the United Kingdom. The roles of job relatedness and self-efficacy in fairness perceptions were explored, with data gathered at two time points: immediately after testing and one month later following outcome (pass/fail) feedback. Overall, results indicated that in two samples, job relatedness perceptions measured at the time of testing predicted fairness perceptions measured following outcome feedback. In addition, the stage in the selection process (shortlisting vs. assessment center) was important in determining the extent to which job relatedness perceptions predicted fairness. Findings also suggest that self-efficacy may be a predictor, rather than an outcome variable, in applicant fairness perceptions in this high-stakes setting. Results are discussed in relation to their practical and theoretical implications.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Zibarras, L. D. and Patterson, F. (2015), The Role of Job Relatedness and Self-efficacy in Applicant Perceptions of Fairness in a High-stakes Selection Setting. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 23: 332–344., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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