Issues and non-issues in the fidelity-bandwidth trade-off

Joyce Hogan, Brent W. Roberts

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This paper makes seven points in response to certain claims made by Ones and Viswesvaran (1996, this issue). First, we see no evidence that the fidelity-bandwidth trade-off has become a crisis in the empirical literature. Moreover, we seen no evidence that anyone prefers narrow band personality measures over broad bandwidth scales. In addition, because job performance is complex and multidimensional, broad bandwidth predictors are normally required in personnel selection. Finally, our conclusion is simple - the nature of the criterion dictates the choice of predictors and matching predictors with criteria always enhances validity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-637
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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