The present study is an examination of the influence of rater characteristics as a source of bias in job characteristics information, as gleaned from the Job Diagnostic Survey (JDS). Participants (N=133) completed an initial JDS for own job characteristics. Non-incumbents (n = 104) then completed a secondary JDS in order to rate incumbents' job characteristics. Non-incumbents' personality dimensions, own job characteristics, job satisfaction level, and incumbent satisfaction level were hypothesized as predictors of ratings of job characteristics of incumbents. Results indicate that two characteristics, job autonomy and dealing with others, were influenced by non-incumbents standing on these characteristics, and demonstrated evidence of the false consensus effect. Limitations and implications for interpreting job information are discussed.
Oliver, J., Bakker, A. B., Demerouti, E., & Jong, De, R. D. (2005). Projection of own on others' job characteristics: evidence for the false consensus effect in job characteristics information. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 13(1), 63-74. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0965-075X.2005.00300.x