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Influence of Self-Schema on Applicant Faking Open Access

In this study, the impact of faking on the criterion-related validity of and response latencies to a personality test were explored by taking into account an applicant's cognitive schema, as well as various individual difference and environmental variables that have received support in past research. A primary focus of this study was on the influence an applicant's cognitive schema had on item responses and response times to a personality measure. Cognitive schema, as defined by Markus (1977), has not been investigated with regard to its influence on applicant faking of personality responses. In addition, participant's cognitive ability, response motivation, and level of job familiarity, as well as the influence of a warning were investigated due to past empirical support. Six hypotheses were tested. Results were not supportive of the hypotheses. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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