An Inventory Battery to Predict Performance in Navy Officer Recruiting: Development and Validation
Final rept. FY 1980-FY 1984
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTCENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Navy officers are selected and trained in specialities that do not prepare them for recruiting duty. Past work with Navy enlisted recruiters has suggested that personality, vocational interest, and biographical items might serve as useful screening devices for officer recruiters. The objective of this research was to develop and evaluate a paper-and-pencil inventory battery to help identify officers with the personal characteristics necessary for successful recruiting. Using a sample of 132 officers, predictor composites were correlated with performance ratings to help evaluate the validity of the experimental battery. Results show that the officer recruiter key can successfully identify effective officer recruiters, but further research using a predictive design would provide more definite validity evidence.
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