Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Gary Burns

Second Advisor

Patrick Converse

Third Advisor

Nicholas Weatherly

Fourth Advisor

Robert Taylor


Prior research has yet to look at the impact of cognitive ability assessment’s position on applicant faking behavior. To fill in this gap in research, this study looked to examine the effect of placing cognitive ability assessments before and after personality and job-related questions. Interspersed among these questions, were items that assist in predicting faking behavior. One-hundred-seventy-two participants were recruited through Amazon Turk to fill out a pseudo-job application for a customer support manager position. The results of this study showed that applicants that received the cognitive assessment prior to the personality and job-related questions overall engaged in less faking behavior. The implications of this is noted in the discussion section.


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