Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Asynchronous video interview; Interpersonal distance; Job applicant ratings; Media naturalness theory; Virtual interviewing; Zoom Fatigue


"This research examines breaches of interpersonal distance, one of the proposed causes of Zoom fatigue, within the context of a job interview. It is proposed that when an interviewer perceives a job applicant to be close to them, Zoom fatigue increases and ratings of the applicant decrease. Participants completed a Zoom Exhaustion and Fatigue scale before and after watching an asynchronous video interview in which the size of the job applicant’s face varied between conditions. It was found that breaches of interpersonal distance did not influence self-reported Zoom fatigue. However, breaches of interpersonal distance did influence ratings of the job applicant such that when then applicant appeared closer to the participant, the participant rated the applicant as having less intellect, lower general impressions, and as less hirable. While interpersonal distance was found to influence ratings of the job applicant, Zoom fatigue was not. As organizations continue to increasingly rely on virtual interviewing, these findings could help address the ways in which the characteristics of video conferences influence ratings of job applicants"--Abstract, p. iii


Reynolds Kueny, Clair

Committee Member(s)

Burns, Devin Michael
Permzadian, Vahe


Psychological Science

Degree Name

M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2023


x, 77 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes_bibliographical_references_(pages 71-76)


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 12299

Electronic OCLC #


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Psychology Commons