By Vivian Wing-Sheung Chan, SIOP Blogger
Which predictors do we usually use as indictors of job performance if we were selecting from a pool of job candidates? Cognitive ability? Definitely. Personality? Oh, yes. Specifically, conscientiousness is a good one. Motivation? Yes. Vocational Interests? Vocation what?
Are vocational interests useful predictors for selection?
The answer is yes!
A recent article by Van Iddekinge and colleagues (2011) looked at 74 primary studies and examined the role of vocational interests on employee performance and turnover. The validity estimates for job and training performance is moderate and positive (.14 and .26 respectively). The validity estimates for turnover intentions and actual turnover is moderate and negative (-.19 and -.15 respectively).