Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Industrial and Organizational Psychology


Raymark, Patrick H

Committee Member

Pury , Cindy

Committee Member

Rosopa , Patrick

Committee Member

Stephens , Benjamin


This study examined the incremental effectiveness of interview practice and feedback on candidates' interview performance. In addition, interviewee anxiety, impression management behaviors, and core self-evaluation were considered as intervening variables between the training manipulations and interview performance. In this experimental design, participants were assigned to one of three groups: the control group, the interview practice group, and the coaching group that received practice plus feedback from a counselor. Employer representatives evaluated subsequent interview performance within a final mock interview.
Hypotheses predicting differential effects of interview training on interview performance ratings were partially supported and relationships were discovered among additional variables. As predicted, less anxious candidates performed more impression management behaviors, which in turn were related to higher interview ratings. Core-self evaluation, the composite variable including self-esteem, self-efficacy, locus of control and emotional stability, demonstrated a direct effect on interview performance, interview anxiety and impression management behaviors.
In sum, this study expands our knowledge of how anxiety, impression management behaviors, and core self-evaluation influence interview ratings.

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