Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Frank A. Fatzinger

Second Advisor

Dr. J. E. Nangle

Third Advisor

Dr. E. J. Asher

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A cursory examination of employment application blanks, so commonly used in modern business, reveals that two kinds of data are normally requested of a job applicant. The first kind of data are items necessary for the identification of the prospective employee: name, age, sex, address, and so on to the extent permissible and required by existing law and customary personnel administration procedures.

The use of the second kind of data contained in application blanks is seldom explicitly stated but is assumed to be of greater importance for personnel selection decisions. Information regarding previous job history, hobbies, and related activities and interests is requested. What the applicant has done in the past is hypothesized to be related to what he will do in the future.