Fairness Perceptions of Selection Instruments Used in Turkey

BİLGİÇ R., Acarlar G.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SELECTION AND ASSESSMENT, vol.18, no.2, pp.208-214, 2010 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1468-2389.2010.00502.x
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.208-214


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between the goal orientation of individuals and their reactions to three different selection instruments used in Turkey. A sample of 154 engineering students from a university rated the favorability and fairness perceptions of these instruments, namely, interview, personality and science achievement tests. The goal orientations of the participants were determined according to median values of the respected scales. A 2x3 mixed design ANOVA pointed out that among the rated selection techniques in the order of interview, science achievement tests, and personality tests were perceived to be favorable and fair. Although there was no main effect of goal orientation, the interaction between goal orientation and different selection instruments was significant regarding the question of invasion of privacy. Specifically, it was found that learning goal-oriented subjects value science tests more than the performance proof-oriented subjects in terms of the question of 'this selection instrument invades privacy.' Learning goal-oriented subjects think more than the performance proof-oriented subjects that the personality tests are an invasion of privacy. The results were discussed and the direction for future research specified.