The first volume in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Organizational and Work Psychology introduces key concepts in personnel and employee performance from cognitive ability and the psychological predictors used in assessments to employee and team values. The editor and contributors present a clear overview of key research in the areas of behaviour change and how to assess individual job performance - making Volume I indispensable for anyone working in or studying Human Resource Management.

Work Preferences: Vocational Interests and Values

Work Preferences: Vocational Interests and Values

Work Preferences: Vocational Interests and Values
Jo-Ida C. Hansen Brenton M. Wiernik


Measures of individual preferences have a long history in applied psychology. Vocational interest scales were among the first psychological assessments developed by applied psychologists (Parsons, 1909), and their relationships with ability, other personality traits, and career outcomes have been perennial questions (Folsom, 1917; Hartman & Dashiell, 1919; May, Hartshorne, & Welty, 1927). For much of the life of applied psychology, vocational interest measures were regarded as extremely important for diagnosing and predicting workplace outcomes, and interest measures were readily applied in both vocational counseling and work psychology (Dawis, 1991). E. K. Strong, Jr. (1943, p. vii) even remarked ‘the ...

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