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Finkelstein, Lisa M.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Psychology


Employment interviewing--Psychology; Stress (Psychology); Labor productivity--Psychological aspects


Numerous studies have found that anxious applicants perform less well in interviews and subsequently receive lower ratings and are less likely to be hired compared to non-anxious applicants. However, no studies have yet examined if applicants who are anxious during the interview subsequently perform less well on the job compared to non-anxious applicants. In this laboratory study, work task performances of participants who appear anxious and/or report anxiety during simulated interviews were compared to those who did not appear anxious and/or did not report anxiety. The results of this study showed that interview anxiety was negatively related to interview performance; however, social anxiety and trait anxiety were unrelated to interview performance. Additionally, self-reported anxiety, interview performance, and anxiety during the interview were not related to work task performance on either social or non-social tasks. The lack of relationship between anxiety during employment interviews and task performance suggests that anxiety during an interview may not be indicative of future performance on the job. This remains an important issue and future research should continue to examine the relationship between interview anxiety and task performance on the job.


Advisors: Lisa Finkelstein.||Committee members: Amanda Durik; Alecia Santuzzi.||Includes bibliographical references.


iv, 127 pages




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