Ingratiation and Self-Promotion in the Selection Interview: The Effects of Using Single Tactics or a Combination of Tactics on Interviewer Judgments
Article first published online: 15 SEP 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 9, pages 2155–2169, September 2010
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Proost, K., Schreurs, B., De Witte, K. and Derous, E. (2010), Ingratiation and Self-Promotion in the Selection Interview: The Effects of Using Single Tactics or a Combination of Tactics on Interviewer Judgments. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 2155–2169. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00654.x
- Issue published online: 15 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 15 SEP 2010
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.