Hiring Rankings of Immigrant Job Applicants: Immigrants’ Acculturation Strategies and Managers’ Personality Trait Perception

  • Jøri Gytre HorverakEmail author
  • Gro Mjeldheim Sandal
  • Ståle Pallesen
  • Marieke E. Timmerman


This study examines how non-Western immigrants' acculturation strategies are related to managers' hiring rankings. It examines whether hiring managers differ in personality trait inferences depending on whether the candidate is a Turkish immigrant or a native Norwegian. Managers (N = 436) evaluated three job applicants in terms of personality and hirability. Across three experimental conditions, the information of one (target) was manipulated and presented as either a native, as an integrated Turkish immigrant, and as a separated Turkish immigrant. The separated Turkish target received lower hirability rankings compared with the other target applicants. The integrated Turkish target was rated as more open, extraverted, conscientious, agreeable, and neurotic than the two other targets. Personality ratings of the Norwegian and the separated Turkish target did not differ significantly. Evaluations of personality were associated with hiring ranking of the Norwegian target only.


Hiring rankings Acculturation strategies Personality traits Non-Western immigrants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jøri Gytre Horverak
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gro Mjeldheim Sandal
    • 1
  • Ståle Pallesen
    • 1
  • Marieke E. Timmerman
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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