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A comparison of supervisor and incumbent estimates of SDy

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This study attempted to determine if experienced job incumbents were capable of providing estimates of worth that were similar to those provided by supervisors. The job class investigated in this study was Eligibility Technician, primarily found in Social or Human Services Departments of public agencies. The participants were Eligibility Supervisors (n=120), and Eligibility Technicians (n=203). The Schmidt, Hunter, McKenzie, and Muldrow (1979) global estimation method was used to obtain estimates of worth at the 15th, 50th and 85th percentiles of job performance. The results indicated that job incumbents provided estimates of job worth that were not statistically different from supervisorial estimates.

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Correspondence to Mark H. Blankenship Ph.D..

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Portions of this paper were presented as part of a symposium entitled,A psychometric and fiscal assessment for selecting eligibility workers: Multiple agency results. Annual meeting of the International Personnel Management Association Assessment Council, Chicago, Illinois, June, 1991.

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Blankenship, M.H., Cesare, S.J. & Giannetto, P.W. A comparison of supervisor and incumbent estimates of SDy. J Bus Psychol 9, 415–425 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02230979

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