Deborah Powell

Industrial/Organizational Psychology
(519) 824-4120 x 52167
(519) 837 8629
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My current research focuses mainly on personnel selection, with an emphasis on finding valid and fair methods of hiring the best employees. Most recently, I have investigated two factors that affect interview performance: interview anxiety, which  negatively affects interview performance, and impression managment (honest and deceptive), which tends to increase interview performance.  


PhD., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 2007

MA, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 2002

BA (honours), Psychology, Queen’s University (2000)

BPHE – physical and health education, Queen’s University, 1999

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

Ho, J. L., Powell, D. M., Spence, J. R., & Perossa, A. (2020). Willingness to fake: Examining the impact of competitive climate and hiring situations. International Journal of Selection and Assessment.

Powell, D. M., Bourdage, J. S., & Bonaccio, S. (2020). Shake and Fake: the Role of Interview Anxiety in Deceptive Impression Management. Journal of Business and Psychology.

Schneider, L., Powell, D. M., & Bonaccio, S. (2019). Does interview anxiety predict job performance and does it influence the predictive validity of interviews?. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 27(4), 328-336.

Amaral, A. A., Powell, D. M., & Ho, J. L. (2019). Why does impression management positively influence interview ratings? The mediating role of competence and warmth. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 27(4), 315-327.

Ho, J. L., Powell, D. M., Barclay, P., & Gill, H. (2019). The influence of competition on motivation to fake in employment interviews. Journal of Personnel Psychology.

Roulin, N. & Powell, D. M. (2018). Identifying applicant faking in job interviews: Examining the role of Criterion-Based Content Analysis and storytelling. Journal of Personnel Psychology. 

McLarnon, M. J. W., Rothstein, M. G., Goffin, R. D., Rieder, M. J., Poole, A., Krajewski, H. T., Powell, D. M., Jelley, B., Mestdagh, T. (2017). How important is personality in the selection of medical school students? Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 442-447.

Powell, D. M., & Bourdage, J. S. (2016). The detection of personality traits in employment interviews: Can “good judges” be trained? Personality and Individual Differences, 94, 194-199. 

Feiler, A. R., & Powell, D. M. (2016). The role of self-focused attention and negative self-thought in interview anxiety: A test of two interventions. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 24, 132-149. 

Feiler, A. R., & Powell, D. M. (2016). Behavioral expression of job interview anxiety. Journal of Business and Psychology, 31, 155-171. 

Schneider, L., Powell, D. M., & Roulin, N. (2015). Cues to deception in the employment interview. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 23, 182-190.  

Feiler, A. R.,  & Powell, D. M.  (2013). Anxiety across the sexes: Support for the Sex-linked anxiety coping theory. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 12-17

Jelley, R. B., Goffin, R. D., Powell, D. M., & Heneman R. (2012). Incentives and alternative rating approaches: Roads to greater accuracy in job performance assessment? Journal of Personnel Psychology, 11, 159-168. 

Powell, D. M., Goffin, R. D., & Gellatly, I. R. (2011).  Gender differences in personality scores: Implications for differential hiring rates. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 106-110. 

Goffin, R. D., Rothstein, M. G., Rieder, M. J., Poole, A., Krajewski, H. T., Powell, D. M., Jelley, R. B., Boyd, A., & Mestdagh, T. (2011). Choosing job-related personality traits: Developing valid personality-oriented job analysis. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 646-651

Powell, D. M., & Goffin, R. D. (2009). Assessing Personality in the Employment Interview: The Impact of Training on Rater Accuracy. Human Performance, 22, 450‐465

Marcus, B., Wagner, U., Poole, A., Powell, D. M., & Carswell, J. (2009). The relationship of GMA to counterproductive work behavior revisited. European Journal of Personality, 23, 489507.  

Goffin, R. D., Jelley, R. B., Powell, D. M., & Johnston, N. (2009). Taking advantage of social comparisons in performance appraisal. Human Resource Management48, 251‐268. 

Graduate Courses Taught:

PSYC*6670 Research Methods

PSYC*7010 Recruitment and Selection

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

PSYC*3250 Psychological Measurement

PSYC*3070 Psychology of Human Resource Management

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