Occupational Scales of the Navy Vocational Interest Inventory. III. Relationship to Job Satisfaction, 'A' School Grades, and Job Performance.
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF
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The Navy Vocational Interest Inventory NVII is an interest measure which was developed to help guide recruits into the ratings corresponding most closely with their vocational preferences and in which they would probably be most satisfied. Recently, occupational scales lambda scales were constructed for the NVII to reflect the degree of relationship between an individuals interests and the interests of men in 15 specific Navy ratings. The present study evaluated these scales in terms of their classification accuracy and ability to satisfy certain logical relationships and in terms of their association with A school performance, job satisfaction, and job performance for individuals in 15 ratings. The scales were also compared with more traditional occupational and homogeneous scales developed several years ago. Results indicated that the lambda scales were quite effective in a cross-sectional sample in relating to job satisfaction, in classifying individuals into ratings where they were known to be satisfied, and in conforming to certain logical relationships. However, the scales were less promising in a longitudinal sample in terms of all of these criteria and showed little relationship to either A school grades or job performance. They also failed to improve upon the previously developed NVII scales. Considering constraints under the present method of recruit classification, it is suggested that future Navy interest measurement efforts be directed toward development of a transservice interest inventory. Author
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