CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ESTIMATES OF CONTENT AND CRITERION‐RELATED VALIDITY VALUES

CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ESTIMATES OF CONTENT AND CRITERION‐RELATED VALIDITY VALUES The correspondence between inferences made using two validation strategies–content and criterion‐related–were examined in a specific personnel selection application. Empirical validity values and Law‐she's (1975) content validity ratios (CVR) were obtained for items from three structured interview guides used in the selection of insurance agents. Ratings of each item by over 300 field managers were used to calculate the CVR values. Statistically significant, yet modest correlations were found between empirical item validities and content validities for an interview guide used to select applicants with prior insurance sales experience. No significant differences were found among these correlations by comparing job experts of different levels of managerial experience and experience in selection. Data for the interview guide used to select experienced applicants also indicated that a content validity approach can be useful in developing a selection instrument with an empirically valid composite rating. The hypotheses were not confirmed for interview guides used to select applicants with no prior insurance sales experience. The practical importance of these results are discussed, as are plans for future research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personnel Psychology Wiley

CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ESTIMATES OF CONTENT AND CRITERION‐RELATED VALIDITY VALUES

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0031-5826
eISSN
1744-6570
DOI
10.1111/j.1744-6570.1990.tb02007.x
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Abstract

The correspondence between inferences made using two validation strategies–content and criterion‐related–were examined in a specific personnel selection application. Empirical validity values and Law‐she's (1975) content validity ratios (CVR) were obtained for items from three structured interview guides used in the selection of insurance agents. Ratings of each item by over 300 field managers were used to calculate the CVR values. Statistically significant, yet modest correlations were found between empirical item validities and content validities for an interview guide used to select applicants with prior insurance sales experience. No significant differences were found among these correlations by comparing job experts of different levels of managerial experience and experience in selection. Data for the interview guide used to select experienced applicants also indicated that a content validity approach can be useful in developing a selection instrument with an empirically valid composite rating. The hypotheses were not confirmed for interview guides used to select applicants with no prior insurance sales experience. The practical importance of these results are discussed, as are plans for future research.

Journal

Personnel PsychologyWiley

Published: Mar 1, 1990

References

  • A quantitative approach to content validity
    Lawshe, Lawshe
  • Content‐construct confusion
    Tenopyr, Tenopyr
  • Somethings old, somethings new
    Thayer, Thayer

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