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The Boundaries of Effects on the Relationship between Interviewer Moods and Hiring Recommendation


Chien-Cheng Chen, Department of Business Management, National Taipei University of Technology, 1, Chung-Hsiao E. Road, Section 3, Taipei 106, Taiwan. Email:


Past research has found that interviewers' positive and negative moods could influence their evaluations of applicants. This study extends previous research by examining the moderating roles that interview structure and accountability played in the effects of interviewer moods on interviewer recommendation. Results from 105 interviewers in actual employment interviews for job openings partially support the hypotheses and indicate that the more structured the interview, the weaker the relationship between interviewer negative moods and hiring recommendation. In addition, when the interviewer's perceived accountability was relatively high, the influence of interviewer positive moods on hiring recommendation was minimised.