This research was funded by the U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Contract No. MDA903-82-C-0531. All statements expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily express the official opinions of the U.S. Army Research Institute or the Department of the Army.
PROJECT A VALIDITY RESULTS: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PREDICTOR AND CRITERION DOMAINS
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 335–354, June 1990
How to Cite
MCHENRY, J. J., HOUGH, L. M., TOQUAM, J. L., HANSON, M. A. and ASHWORTH, S. (1990), PROJECT A VALIDITY RESULTS: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PREDICTOR AND CRITERION DOMAINS. Personnel Psychology, 43: 335–354. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.1990.tb01562.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
A predictor battery of cognitive ability, perceptual-psychomotor ability, temperament/personality, interest, and job outcome preference measures was administered to enlisted soldiers in nine Army jobs. These measures were summarized in terms of 24 composite scores. The relationships between the predictor composite scores and five components of job performance were analyzed. Scores from the cognitive and perceptual-psychomotor ability tests provided the best prediction of job-specific and general task proficiency, while the temperament/personality composites were the best predictors of giving extra effort, supporting peers, and exhibiting personal discipline. Composite scores derived from the interest inventory were correlated more highly with task proficiency than with demonstrating effort and peer support. In particular, vocational interests were among the best predictors of task proficiency in combat jobs. The results suggest that the Army can improve the prediction of job performance by adding non-cognitive predictors to its present battery of predictor tests.