Sonru is always open to working with universities and their students- mainly we’ve given short interviews for exploratory studies, shared our white papers/secondary data and presented at events and seminars. However, over the last few years, we have also partnered with postgraduate students from UCD and City University in London and worked very closely with them on their primary research.
Our most recent academic adventure was with City University in London and we’re delighted to share a quick summary of the background to the study and the results.
Does Personality Influence Applicant Reactions towards Video Interviewing?
The study sought to investigate whether personality influences applicant reactions towards video interviewing. If applicant reactions may be partly due to dispositional factors (i.e. individual characteristics such as personality traits, temperament, genetics that influence behavior and actions in a person), then it follows that organisations would be limited in how they could change applicant reactions towards video interviewing.
The questionnaire comprised three sections of statements in relation to:
- Applicant reactions towards video interviewing.
- The Dark Triad of personality (Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy).
- The Big Five traits of personality (Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism).
After analysing the results, the findings concluded:
- None of the traits in the Dark Triad and the Big Five were significantly correlated with applicant reactions towards video interviewing.
- However, trends were shown between each of the traits and applicant reactions towards video interviewing. This suggests that some relationships may exist between the variables, but the findings were not significant potentially due to other variables influencing this relationship.
- The Dark Triad did not positively add predictive ability over and above the Big Five in predicting applicant reactions towards video interviewing.
If applicant reactions towards video interviewing are not a function of an applicant’s internal disposition, organisations have more control in influencing applicant reactions as there is no need for them to understand any specific personality traits that may influence applicant reactions when deciding to use video interviewing.
Even Better News
While personality may not be a factor, Sonru has published two white papers which outline factors that do make a difference to both completion rates and the candidate experience.
- 500,000 Candidate Insights
We analysed the data from 500,000 interviews along with 70,000 candidate survey responses. Find out what factors influence the candidate experience – download here.
- Clients Know Best
We analysed the data of 12,000 randomly selected interview campaigns completed on the Sonru system, and this white paper presents a blue print for Video Interviewing best practice based entirely on empirical evidence. Download here.
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