Use of naturalistic data in exploring job interviews.

Thompson, N. (Speaker), Sam Warren (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Purpose: In this paper, we describe the potential of using video-based data to understanding some of the behaviours that take place during am employee selection interview. We first demonstrate how such data record in detail the interactions that take place in a job interview, and then proceed to illustrate how analysing such interactions challenges some of the assumptions we hold on the practice of job interviewing. We particularly focus on candidate reactions given that this is a well-researched area.   Design /Methodology: Drawing on naturalistic data of mock job interviews - collected as part of an ongoing study of job interviewing, we analyse interactions between interviewer and candidate and consider this through a conversation analysis /discursive psychology lens. An important feature of this is the opportunity to examine naturalistic data in real time.     Results: A range of interactional features were examined across the data. The use of candidate impression management strategies and response to different styles of questions were identifiable are focused upon here.   Limitations:  Data was drawn from a set of simulated interviews, rather than in a real-world context.   Research / Practical implications: We discuss these findings in relation to the significance to established interview practice and application, while also drawing out the methodological implications for further research on job interviews..   Originality / value: Few studies have adopted a qualitative approach at an interactional level in focusing on job interviews. This provides new insights into the area
Period17 May 201720 May 2017
Event titleEuropean Association of Work and Occupational Psychology Annual Congress
Event typeConference
LocationDublin, Ireland