5 Unconscious Mistakes That Interviewers Make

In an earlier blog post Steve Lehr presented us with a question “How would you choose a quiz show partner?”   It might seem like a very straight forward question. Personally, I  would answer – intelligence, 100% intelligence. But, when it came down to it I might act very differently, with my unconscious almost sabotaging my decision making. In his blog post Steve […]

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7 Scientific Tips for More Effective Job Interviews

There are many articles out there that provide advice about how to conduct job interviews. They can sometimes be valuable, but most are based upon the experiences and opinions of just one person. How do you know if they are relevant to you, or even accurate? Fortunately, researchers have been objectively studying job interviews for nearly a century, providing a […]

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HR and the Unconscious Mind: Do we automatically judge a book by its cover (in poker and promotion)?

I watched an episode of The World Series of Poker recently.  Anyone who’s watched the show knows that the viewers and announcers get a secret glance at the cards each player is holding (and anyone who’s ever played poker knows this makes the game a whole lot easier).  But this time, for one hand a player’s cards remained hidden.  After […]

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Do Unconscious Biases Make You Choose the Wrong People?

If you were choosing a partner to compete alongside you in a quiz show, upon what would you base your decision?  Intelligence?  Quiz show experience?  What about how fat or thin his or her face is? Most of us understand that we can be unconsciously biased.  Even Jesse Jackson, the famous African-American politician and activist, admits to being relieved when […]

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Why are manhole covers round?

Some time ago I mentioned interview questions used by Thomas Edison. It is quite safe to say that Edison company back then was what Google is now. So what does Google ask (or used to ask) their candidates in the job interview? Well, it actually seems to be well in line with Edison’s tradition. Questions like “Why are manhole covers […]

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