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Jacobs, J. (1976). Chicago Selection Research: The Post-Group Interview. Ann. Psychoanal., 4:375-382.

(1976). Annual of Psychoanalysis, 4:375-382

Chicago Selection Research: The Post-Group Interview

Joan Fleming Jacobs, M.D.

The Post-Group Interview (PGI) is a selection instrument that the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis has found increasingly valuable in making candidate-selection decisions over the years. This interview is a one-to-one situation that was added to the selection procedures in October, 1957. Originally, it implemented a suggestion made by David Shakow when he was serving as an observer and evaluator of the APFC Group Interview. He felt that the Group Interview was so anxiety-producing that a “decompression” talk was indicated for purposes of “good mental hygiene.” Almost as an aside, he suggested that such a “talk” might also “provide important data for evaluating the Group Interview process.” Initially, decompression “was the main purpose of our PGI.” Consequently, it was scheduled immediately after the Group Interview, but, in addition, it was planned so as to gather data on the applicant's ability to observe his own responses and to be objective about the interview experiences. Examination of reports from post-group interviewers revealed very clearly that the tension-relieving purpose was being carried out. Moreover, we found that the additional data about the applicant's view of himself and his interviewers provided significant information helpful at the point of decision-making. This finding will be discussed in more detail later.

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