This article describes the modeling of applicant reactions within the Belgian military. In a preparatory phase, 250 applicants were interviewed about the three-hurdle hiring procedure of the military. Content analysis resulted in an initial model with 221 applicant-generated items. Subsequently, an expert analysis was performed to validate the model's underlying structure. Fifty-three military field experts (e.g., recruiters) sorted the items and labeled each Q-sort according to its underlying meaning. Multi-dimensional scaling and additive tree modeling revealed a two-dimensional solution for the first and second selection hurdle and a three-dimensional solution for the third hurdle. Interpretative analyses were performed on the labeling of the Q-sorts. Both the graphic MDS solution and labeling came close to the theoretical categories of the initial model. Besides generic categories, very context-specific also categories emerged. Specifically, the study shows differentiation as an important but rather underrepresented dimension. Methodological, theoretical, and practical relevance of study findings are discussed.,
Military Psychology
Department of Psychology

Derous, E., & Schreurs, B. (2009). Modeling the structure of applicant reactions: An empirical study within the belgian military. Military Psychology, 21(1), 40–61. doi:10.1080/08995600802565702