In two large samples (N1=44,971, N2=7793) we tested the General Factor of Personality (GFP) in the Big Five, measured during selection and assessment. A GFP could clearly be identified in the data, explaining approximately 50% of the Big Five variance. We found indications for socially desirable response tendencies in a subgroup that was tested for selection purposes. Yet, this tendency did not affect the personality factor structure or the GFP characteristics. Moreover, in the selection sample, the GFP was moderately related to the Overall Assessment Rating. The findings confirm the GFP in an applied setting and support the idea that the GFP does not merely reflect methodological artifacts but is substantive.

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Keywords Big Five, General Factor of Personality, Overall Assessment Rating, Selection and assessment
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van der Linden, D., Bakker, A.B., & Serlie, A.W.. (2011). The General Factor of Personality in selection and assessment samples. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(5), 641–645. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.05.032