2nd Edition

The Psychology of Job Interviews

By Nicolas Roulin Copyright 2022
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    Most people, at some point in their lives, experience the stress of being interviewed for a job. Many also face the task of interviewing other people. But what does the science tell us about this unique social situation? What biases are involved, and how can we become aware of them? And how can job interviews be structured so that they are fair and effective?

    This second edition of The Psychology of Job Interviews provides an accessible and concise overview of what we know. Based on empirical research rather than secondhand advice, it discusses the strategies and tactics that both applicants and interviewers can use to make their interviews more successful; from how to make a good first impression to how to decide which candidate is the best fit for the role. Updated throughout, this timely new edition comes with an additional chapter focused on technology in interviewing. Also featuring the addition of a new "Toolbox" at the end of chapters with practical summaries, tools, advice, and concrete examples, the book guides job applicants on how best to prepare for and perform in an interview and provides managers with best-practice advice in selecting the right candidate.

    Debunking several popular myths along the way, this is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding what is really happening in a job interview, whichever side of the desk you are sitting.


    1. What is a Job Interview and Why do Organizations Use It?
    2. Setting the Stage: The Characteristics of High-Quality Interviews and How to Prepare Them
    3. Let the Show Begin: How to Interview Effectively from Both Sides of the Table
    4. Playing your Role: How Applicants and Interviewers can Influence Interview Outcomes
    5. Talk to Your Webcam: Technology and Interviewing
    6. Decision Time: How to Evaluate Job Applicants and What Mistakes to Avoid
    7. The Present and Future of Interviewing


    Dr. Nicolas Roulin is Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. He is an expert in personnel selection and his work has been published in top psychology and management journals. He has worked with assessment companies in Canada and internationally.

     "Dr. Roulin is a respected expert on the science and practice of job interviews, and has done a great job with this book. Whereas many books rely on conjecture, The Psychology of Job Interviews relies on established scientific evidence to guide both interviewers and applicants. Critically, this work is presented in an accessible way, and this second edition highlights newer forms of interviewing and the evolution of interviews."

    Professor Joshua Bourdage, University of Calgary