Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 287–295

Integrity Testing, Personality, and Design: Interpreting the Personnel Reaction Blank


DOI: 10.1007/s10869-008-9059-z

Cite this article as:
Byle, K.A. & Holtgraves, T.M. J Bus Psychol (2008) 22: 287. doi:10.1007/s10869-008-9059-z


Companies and organizations use integrity tests to screen job applicants, and the fakability of these tests remains a concern. The present study uses two separate designs to analyze the fakability of the Personnel Reaction Blank (PRB) and the personality constructs related to integrity test scores. The results demonstrate that the PRB can be successfully faked. Moreover, a within-participants design resulted in significantly greater faking than the between-participants design. The personality constructs conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism were significantly correlated with honest scores on the PRB, and there was a significant negative correlation between conscientiousness and magnitude of faking.


Integrity testing Response distortion Personality Measurement 

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© Springer Science+Business, LCC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological ScienceNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  2. 2.Ball State UniversityMuncieUSA

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