Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. E. Jack Asher

Second Advisor

Dr. John Nangle

Third Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A follow-up study was conducted to determine the predictive validity of a group of job-related Placement Exercises used in the selection of clerical employees for a northeastern utility company. The present study was also to determine if the obtained validities could be generalized to similar organizational settings.

The subjects included in this study were 98 clerical employees working in the job classifications of Junior Clerk, Clerk, Intermediate Clerk, and Secretary-Stenographer. The obtained results supported the hypothesis that a positive and significant relationship existed between performance on the Placement Exercises and supervisory ratings of employee job performance. After applying the results of this study to the Bayesian validity generalization procedures provided by Pearlman, Schmidt, and Hunter (1980), it was concluded that the validity of the placement exercises could be generalized to similar organizational settings.