Perceived Competence as a Function of Attire in a Business Context

dc.contributor.advisorMendez, Roque V.
dc.contributor.authorBell, Michael A.
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-14T17:51:14Z
dc.date.available2013-01-14T17:51:14Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.description.abstractDrawing from “person perception” literature, the present study evaluated how 224 college students judged two fictional male job applicants’ levels of professional competence based on the applicants’ attire. Each college student wasa randomly assigned a hiring manager role in the finance, sales, or research and developments branch of a company. One applicant wore “formal” attire, and one applicant wore “informal” attire. From the experimental survey it was concluded that participants rated formally dressed applicants as more “competent” (M = 3.962, SD = .57) than informally dressed ones (M = 2.014, SD = .70), F (2, 181) = 746.73, p < .001, and hired formal applicants significantly more than informal ones (97% vs. 14% hiring rate), regardless of the participant’s assigned business role. The implications and application of these findings are addressed.
dc.description.departmentHonors College
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent42 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationBell, M. A. (2012). Perceived competence as a function of attire in a business context (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/4465
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectprofessional work attire
dc.subjectbusiness attire
dc.subjectworkplace roles
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titlePerceived Competence as a Function of Attire in a Business Context
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University-San Marcos
txstate.documenttypeHonors Thesis

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