Cognitive Ability and Personality Predictors of Training Program Skill Acquisition and Job Performance

Research paper by David W. Oakes, Gerald R. Ferris, Joseph J. Martocchio, M. Ronald Buckley, Dana Broach

Indexed on: 01 Jun '01Published on: 01 Jun '01Published in: Journal of Business and Psychology


Two important issues in the training process concern (1) the relative impact of cognitive ability and personality traits on the ability to acquire skills, and (2) whether training skill acquisition predicts subsequent job performance. We used a sample of 9,793 trainees to address these questions and were able to compare those who succeeded on the job with those who did not succeed on the job. We found that some personality factors positively correlate with skill acquisition and that skill acquisition can predict the level of subsequent job performance.