Applicant Decision Making Lab

Applicant Decision Making LabApplicant Decision-Making Lab investigates the process trough which an employment relationship begins from the applicants' perspective. Specifically, we examine issues surrounding applicants in job search, employment testing, and offer evaluation process including, but not limited to, their reactions to organizational practices and how they evaluate job offers.


The mission of Applicant Decision-Making Lab is to research and interpret issues surrounding the process through which individuals look for jobs and evaluate job offers from a psychology perspective. Members of the lab work together as a team, combining their diversified experiences and knowledge, to extend our understanding of business psychology and apply these new insights to the process through which an employment relationship begins. Within the Lab's field of study, the emphasis is on researching various issues relating to job applicants' perspectives and their decision-making process. Our objective is providing companies with a better understanding of their applicants to further their knowledge regarding future candidates.

Past Team Members


  • Connor Treyball, Assistant Director
  • Daniel Sumner, Lab Member
  • Elise Haylett, Lab Member
  • Jarod Fyler, Lab Member
  • Caitlyn Nearhood, Lab Member

Current Team Members

  • Devon Hickman, Assistant Director
  • Aaron Durand, Team Member
  • Ashley Williams, Team Member
  • Erich Iverson, Team Member
  • Qiqi Wang, Team Member
  • Zhen Graham, Team Member

Meet the team!

Current Study

Our current study focuses on job choice decision making strategies used by potential applicants. Specifically, in order to understand how job seekers make decisions, we are investigating what cognitive processes and evaluation techniques are used when making an evaluation in a multi-attribute decision situation (such as a job offer).  Learn more