Reducing voluntary, avoidable turnover through selection. Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors investigated the efficacy of several variables used to predict voluntary, organizationally avoidable turnover even before the employee is hired. Analyses conducted on applicant data collected in 2 separate organizations (N = 445) confirmed that biodata, clear-purpose attitudes and intentions, and disguised-purpose dispositional retention scales predicted voluntary, avoidable turnover (rs ranged from -.16 to -.22, R = .37, adjusted R = .33). Results also revealed that biodata scales and disguised-purpose retention scales added incremental validity, whereas clear-purpose retention scales did not explain significant incremental variance in turnover beyond what was explained by biodata and disguised-purpose scales. Furthermore, disparate impact (subgroup differences on race, sex, and age) was consistently small (average d = 0.12 when the majority group scored higher than the minority group).

published proceedings

  • J Appl Psychol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Barrick, M. R., & Zimmerman, R. D.

citation count

  • 138

complete list of authors

  • Barrick, Murray R||Zimmerman, Ryan D

publication date

  • January 2005