Schilling, Michael Sparfeldt, Jörn R. Becker, Nicolas Engel, Marie Levacher, Julie Sebastian, Tilman F. P. Schäfer, Juliane Schwabe, Sarah König, Cornelius J.
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[Journal:] International Journal of Selection and Assessment [ISSN:] 1468-2389 [Volume:] 28 [Issue:] 3 [Pages:] 264-282
Recent research has highlighted competitive worldviews as a key predictor of faking—the intentional distortion of answers by candidates in the selection context. According to theoretical assumptions, applicants’ abilities, and especially their cognitive abilities, should influence whether faking motivation, triggered by competitive worldviews, can be turned into successful faking behavior. Therefore, we examined the influence of competitive worldviews on faking in personality tests and investigated a possible moderation of this relationship by cognitive abilities in three independent high school and university student samples (N1 = 133, N2 = 137, N3 = 268). Our data showed neither an influence of the two variables nor of their interaction on faking behavior. We discuss possible reasons for these findings and give suggestions for further research.
cognitive abilities competitive worldviews faking personality test personnel selection self‐presentation