Kellea Whorley

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Laura Echols

Degree Award Date

Spring 1999


Employment Selection Procedures, Cognitive Abilities, Observed Performance


Cognition and Perception | Cognitive Psychology | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology


A study was conducted to examine the relationship between cognitive abilities test scores and subsequent in-house performance measures. The participants included 279 individuals applying for hourly positions in a new saw mill. The raw data was obtained from a large anonymous manufacturing corporation. The results of the study indicated that eliminating all of the cognitive abilities test scores except for a reading test and all but one performance measure would provide for a more efficient hiring procedure. The results were discussed in terms of the benefits in reducing the number of tests administered as well as future more detailed studies that could enhance and build upon the conclusions of this study.