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Ingratiation and Self-Promotion in the Selection Interview: The Effects of Using Single Tactics or a Combination of Tactics on Interviewer Judgments

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

This paper investigates the relative effectiveness of the use of 2 impression management tactics — ingratiation and self-promotion — on interviewers’ evaluations of an applicant in a laboratory setting. It was suggested that the use of a single tactic would be better than the use of no tactic; that the use of self-promotion would be more successful than the use of ingratiation; and, finally, that the use of a combination of tactics would lead to the best evaluations. Results were largely in line with our hypotheses. Interviewer ratings and action recommendations were more positive in the combination condition, followed by the self-promotion condition, the ingratiation condition, and the neutral condition. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Journal: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
ISSN: 0021-9029
Issue: 9
Volume: 40
Pages: 2155 - 2169
Publication year:2010
BOF-publication weight:0.5
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Higher Education