Vocational interests are not simply fun and games. They are promising predictors for selection, according to Vivian Wing-Sheung Chan
, a contributing blogger for the SIOP Exchange
. Chan discuss her thoughts this week in her first blog post for a continuing series on the topic of emotions and personality differences in leaders and entrepreneurs.
“Aren’t vocational interests simply hobbies or fun tasks individuals choose to do in their past times? How does this play as a predictor?” Chan asks in her blog post. “Actually, vocational interests are stable individual difference preferences for specific work activities and environments. Theoretical perspectives from vocational psychology have suggested that interests affect employee performance in two ways. First, vocational interests affect how individuals align their goals and fuel their motivation towards their choice in some specific careers as opposed to others. Second, vocational interests affect how individuals are motivated to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills that allow them to improve their task performance on the job. It is no wonder that vocational interests have a positive relationship with job performance (as task performance is part of job performance) and training performance (as these individuals are motivated to acquire relevant skills and knowledge).”
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