Michele Vecchione, Claudio Barbaranelli

The Five-Factor Model of Personality in Personnel Selection: the Case of the Big Five Questionnaire

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Keywords: Big Five Questionnaire, Five Factor Model, job applicants, measurement invariance, personnel selection

The current study is aimed to investigate the measurement equivalence of a personality measure between a group applying for jobs (n = 5.492) and a group of volunteers (n = 4.589). The data were collected using the Big Five Questionnaire (BFQ), which is a measure of the Five Factor Model of personality traits. Confirmatory Factor Analyses on item aggregates were performed to examine different levels of measurement invariance (configural, metric, scalar, factor variances and covariances, and item uniqueness). Findings suggest that personality measures used for personnel selection retain similar psychometric properties to those used among volunteers, although some differences emerged between the groups. Practical implications for personnel selection and assessment were discussed.

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