Undergraduate institution: Montclair State University
My research interests are mainly in selection and personality testing. I study applicant faking, or how job applicants can distort their responses on personality inventories completed during selection in order to increase their changes of getting hired. Mainly, I am conducting research on the cognitive processing of these individuals as they engage in faking and the use of preventative measures to decrease faking. Additionally, I am interested in branching out and studying issues around diversity and occupation health.
Representative publications and presentations:
Leung, D. W., Watts, L. L., Kuzmich, I., Gibson, C., & Barsa, A. (2019, August). Who self-enhances on applications the most? Demographics, self-enhancement, and sales performance. Paper presented at the 79th annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA
Gulseren, D., Kuzmich, I., Nguyen-Feng, V., Sin, P., Smith, A., & Striler, J. (2019, May). The Naked Truth Part I: Getting into Graduate School. Presented at the 31st Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.
Kuzmich, I., & Scherbaum, C. (2019, April). Using social-categorization theory and methods to study faking behavior. Presented at the 34th annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, National Harbor, MD.
Watts, L. L. & Kuzmich, I. (April, 2018). Who overclaims the most? Demographics and self-enhancement on job applications. In P. C. Gibson (Chair), Big fakers and bigger data: Emerging insights from practice. Symposium presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.