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Jerel Slaughter


  • personality traits
  • management
  • interactionist
  • organizational attractiveness


Narrow Personality Traits and Organizational Attraction

Evidence for the Complementary Hypothesis

Although the interactionist perspective has been widely studied in organizational attractiveness, there is no research comparing the explanatory power of the complementary and supplementary hypotheses in predicting attraction.

The authors test these perspectives in the context of the instrumental-symbolic framework. The authors also examine whether the use of narrow personality facets, such as Trust (under the Big Five trait Agreeableness), Assertiveness (under Extraversion), and Imagination (under Openness to Experience) enhances the prediction of attraction. 

Job seekers (N = 220) provided self-ratings of personality, ratings of organizational traits, and their level of attraction to a potential future employer. Results supported predictions based on complementarity, suggesting that organizations adopting a recruiting strategy based on similarity in personality may not succeed in attracting their most preferred candidates. The findings also suggested that narrow facets are useful in predicting attraction, providing further evidence for the predictive benefits of narrow personality traits.


Jerel Slaughter is the Brian Lesk Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona. Edgar E. Kausel is with the Universidad de Chile.

Publication Source

Published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 114, 3-14.

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