The purpose of this study is to determine the possibility of the occupational interview utilizing tests that prove to be bias towards one particular race or another. This study is a pilot study and represents the first step in developing a more extensive research design to examine testing bias within the occupational employment interview setting. Ten black students and ten white students are asked to complete two types of occupational interview samples. Those samples are then reviewed by two black hiring managers and two white hiring managers. The results are examined to determine if one test had a greater impact on the manager's hiring decisions. The findings indicate that when compared to the unstructured interview, the structured interview was associated with less bias in the hiring selection. From the data reviewed, possible limitations and future research was discussed.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Presley, Brandon, "Testing Bias In the Occupational Interview: A Pilot Study On Racial Discrimination" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6149.