Construct-oriented Biodata: Capturing Change-related and Contextually Relevant Future Performance

Elizabeth Allworth, Beryl Hesketh*

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This study highlights an approach to the development of performance and predictor constructs that has the potential to permit context and culture relevant selection. Task, contextual and adaptive measures of performance were used as criterion data in a selection study involving 325 staff in the hotel industry. Construct-oriented biodata were developed to predict adaptive and contextual performance and the validities were contrasted with measures of cognitive ability and personality. The results provided construct support for the separation of adaptive performance from task and contextual performance and for the predictive validity of change-related biodata after controlling for cognitive ability. The pattern of correlations among the personality measures, biodata scales and cognitive tests supported the construct validity of the biodata scales. Results are discussed in relation to the context in which the data were collected, and the general relevance of the procedure across countries or cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-111
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Selection and Assessment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999
Externally publishedYes


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