Expanding research on employment interview training, this study introduces virtual employment interview (VI) training with focus on nonverbal behavior. In VI training, participants took part in a simulated interview with a virtual character. Simultaneously, the computer analyzed participants' nonverbal behavior and provided real-time feedback for it. The control group received parallel interview training. Following training, participants took part in mock interviews, where interviewers rated participants' nonverbal behavior, and interview performance. Analyses revealed (a) that participants of VI training showed better interview performance, (b) that this effect was mediated by nonverbal behavior, and (c) that VI training has a positive influence on interview anxiety. These results have important practical implications for applicants, career counseling centers, and organizations.
Dear Computer, Teach Me Manners: Testing Virtual Employment Interview Training
Langer, Markus; Koenig, Cornelius J.; Gebhard, Patrick; Andre, Elisabeth
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SELECTION AND ASSESSMENT Volume: 24 Issue: 4 Pages: 312-323