Advances in computer technology have created opportunities for the development of a multimedia situational test in which responses are filmed with a webcam. This paper examined the relationship of a so-called webcam test with personality, cognitive ability, job experience, and academic performance. Data were collected among 153 psychology students. In line with our expectations, scores on the webcam test, intended to measure interpersonally oriented leadership, were related to extraversion, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and job experience. Furthermore, the webcam tests significantly predicted students' learning activities during group meetings over and above a cognitive ability test and a personality questionnaire. Overall, this study demonstrates that webcam tests can be a valid complement to traditional predictors in selection contexts.

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Journal of Personnel Psychology
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Oostrom, J., Born, M., Serlie, A., & van der Molen, H. (2011). A Multimedia Situational Test With a Constructed-Response Format: Its Relationship With Personality, Cognitive Ability, Job Experience, and Academic Performance. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 10(2), 78–88. doi:10.1027/1866-5888/a000035