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Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones

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LADO, Mario. Reference checks, general mental ability, and experience: a study of construct validity. Rev. psicol. trab. organ. [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.2, pp.119-131. ISSN 1576-5962.

Reference check is a term that reports information about personal characteristics related to job performance of one person and that another person (usually a supervisor) provide about the first. References are based on the assumption that "the best way to find out about someone is to ask someone who knows" and they are widely used and potentially effective for personnel selection. The main objective of this paper is to answer the following question: what do the references actually measure? There have been collected the primary studies in the literature on this subject and two meta-analyses were conducted. The results indicate that reference check measure General Mental Ability and Experience. Suggestions for research to find other constructs that could be integrated in the references are provided.

Palabras clave : References; Construct validity; General mental ability; Experience; Meta-analysis.

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