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The use of mental imagery in the simulated employment interview situation.

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Sharon L. Segrest

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In this study, interviewees in the training group were instructed to use mental imagery techniques in a simulated employment interview. Results indicated that the subjects who used mental imagery had higher performance in the interview and lower perceived stress than the subjects who did not use mental imagery. Mental imagery did not have a significant effect upon perceptions of self-efficacy. Mental imagery ability had a positive effect on perceived usefulness of mental imagery while controllability and vividness did not. Subjects did indicate positive perceptions of the mental imagery intervention and a willingness to use mental imagery again in the future. The personality variable, "conscientiousness", had a significant effect in the mental imagery performance relationship.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Journal of Managerial Psychology, 18 (6), 573-591. doi: 10.1108/02683940310494395 Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.

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