Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 541–556

Impression Management and Faking in Biodata Scores Among Chinese Job-Seekers

  • Kenneth S. Law
  • William H. Mobley
  • Chi-Sum Wong

DOI: 10.1023/A:1020521726390

Cite this article as:
Law, K.S., Mobley, W.H. & Wong, CS. Asia Pacific Journal of Management (2002) 19: 541. doi:10.1023/A:1020521726390


Based on a repeated measure of 164 Chinese university seniors on an established biodata instrument, it was found that subjects would fake in order to increase their chances of getting a job offer in addition to simply giving a socially desirable impression. It was also found that those who scored low on the biodata scale had a much higher magnitude of faking behaviors as compared with those who scored high on the scale. Scores on an integrity scale were found to be predictive of the magnitude of faking. The paper concludes with a discussion of the relationship between faking and social desirability and their effects on criterion validities of biodata instruments.

impression management biodata faking 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth S. Law
    • 1
  • William H. Mobley
    • 2
  • Chi-Sum Wong
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Management of OrganizationsHong Kong University of Science and TechnologyClear Water BayHong Kong
  2. 2.PDI Global Research ConsortiaIrvingUSA
  3. 3.Department of ManagementThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong