Predictors of attitudes and performance in U.S. Army recruiters: Does personality matter?

Christopher D. Nye, Leonard A. White, Kristen Horgen, Fritz Drasgow, Stephen Stark, Oleksandr S. Chernyshenko

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Given the interpersonal nature of recruiting and the validity of personality assessments for predicting performance in a broad range of civilian and military jobs, personality traits are likely to predict the performance of recruiters in the Army as well. However, much of the research on the characteristics of successful recruiters has been conducted in civilian samples and has not examined the effects of recruiters’ personality on their job-related attitudes and behaviors. Although some research has examined the prediction of recruiter performance in a military context, more research is needed to identify profiles of personality traits that will help recruiters to be successful on the job. We explored this relationship in a sample of experienced recruiters with at least six months of service in a recruiting duty assignment. Results indicated that composites of personality traits were substantial predictors of recruiter performance and attitudes. The implications of these results for the selection and assessment of recruiters in the U.S. Army will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalMilitary Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020


  • Recruiter selection
  • employee assessment
  • personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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