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Stressful first impressions in job interviews

Finnerty, AN; Muralidhar, S; Nguyen, LS; Pianesi, F; Gatica-Perez, D; (2016) Stressful first impressions in job interviews. In: Nakano, YI and André, E and Nishida, T and Morency, LP and Busso, C and Pelachaud, C, (eds.) ICMI 2016: Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. (pp. pp. 325-332). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Stress can impact many aspects of our lives, such as the way we interact and work with others, or the first impressions that we make. In the past, stress has been most commonly assessed through self-reported questionnaires; however, advancements in wearable technology have enabled the measurement of physiological symptoms of stress in an unobtrusive manner. Using a dataset of job interviews, we investigate whether first impressions of stress (from annotations) are equivalent to physiological measurements of the electrodermal activity (EDA). We examine the use of automatically extracted nonverbal cues stemming from both the visual and audio modalities, as well EDA stress measurements for the inference of stress impressions obtained from manual annotations. Stress impressions were found to be significantly negatively correlated with hireability ratings i.e individuals who were perceived to be more stressed were more likely to obtained lower hireability scores. The analysis revealed a significant relationship between audio and visual features but low predictability and no significant effects were found for the EDA features. While some nonverbal cues were more clearly related to stress, the physiological cues were less reliable and warrant further investigation into the use of wearable sensors for stress detection.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Stressful first impressions in job interviews
Event: 18th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Dates: 12 November 2016 - 16 November 2016
ISBN-13: 9781450345569
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2993148.2993198
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/2993148.2993198
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.
Keywords: Nonverbal Behaviour, Multimodal, Stress, Job interviews, Ubiquitous Computing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531516
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