Effects of decision strategy and number of openings on employment selection decisions

Vandra L. Huber, Gregory B. Northcraft, Margaret A. Neale

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The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of two factors-decision strategy and the number of openings-on selection decisions. Two hundred graduate and undergraduate students participated in a human resource employment screening simulation. Decision strategy was varied by having candidates evaluate resumes and letters of application for 20 candidates one-at-a-time (sequentially) or all at once (simultaneously). The number of position openings was either one or three. Decision strategy affected the number of candidates accepted, acceptance threshold, and decision time. The number of openings affected selection decisions in the simultaneous but not the sequential context. Implications of these results for selection processes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-284
Number of pages9
JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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