Two studies examined the general factor of personality (GFP) in relationship to performance on video-based situational tests measuring social knowledge and skills. Study 1 (N = 180 candidates of an assessment center) showed that high-GFP individuals were better able to indicate the appropriate social behavior in a situational judgment test. Moreover, in that study, high-GFP participants were also rated higher by others on leadership skills. Study 2 (N = 153 psychology students) showed that the GFP was related to actual display of social behavior in a situational webcam test. In both studies, high-GFP individuals reported more leadership experience in organizations. These findings support the idea of the GFP as a substantive personality factor that may also be relevant for personnel selection.

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Keywords General factor of personality, Leadership experience, Situational judgment tests, Social skills
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Journal Journal of Personnel Psychology
van der Linden, D, Oostrom, J.K, Born, M.Ph, van der Molen, H.T, & Serlie, A.W. (2014). Knowing what to do in social situations: The general factor of personality and performance on situational judgment tests. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 13(2), 107–115. doi:10.1027/1866-5888/a000113