The Mistake Interviewers Don’t Know They’re Making

When candidates are interviewed for jobs or admissions, we can generally assume that they aren’t all equally qualified—there is a distribution. For example, it might be the case that half are above average and half are below average. Because there is a distribution, we also know (at least intuitively) that there are probabilities involved. Using this example: If you randomly […]

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How to Hire Employees like Google Does

Google is one of the most enviably successful and innovative companies around. When they do things, people pay attention. Not surprisingly, a great deal of discussion about hiring practices has been generated by two recent New York Times interviews with Google’s Senior VP of people operations. In this post we will discuss what Google tried that didn’t work, what they did to […]

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The Perils of Video Interviewing

With the increasing availability of high-speed internet and videoconferencing technologies, many companies are considering their use for pre-employment interviews and employee selection. While these new technologies likely can help companies save time and money over more traditional face-to-face interviews, there are a number of serious concerns about their use. Most of these concerns are related to the possibility that a […]

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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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