The Origin and Future of Psychometrics

Psychometrics is a rigorous and long-standing field of study that attempts to measure personality and aptitude. Lately, however, the most accessible prototypes are Buzzfeed quizzes that tell you what Disney Princess you are – needless to say, its reputation in popular media has faltered. Despite this bad rep in the pop psych consciousness (i.e. Cambridge Analytica), psychometrics has wide-reaching implications […]

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Race, Responsibility & Hiring Algorithms

Frankenstein’s monster or Dr. Frankenstein? Algorithms provide a cloak of objectivity – but that doesn’t make them infallible. Just like humans, algorithms may rely on stereotypes that reinforce discriminatory hiring practices. Why is this? Because that’s what they’re designed to do. The backbone of many of these potentially discriminatory algorithms is something data-scientists call “satisficing,”. Satisficing is a decision-making strategy […]

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Do You Believe in Destiny? Here’s How It Affects Your Career

Do you believe in destiny? Some people believe that the outcomes in their life were “meant to be.” Some people believe in “free will.” And quite a few people are somewhere in between—maybe some things are up to you, while other things were somehow predetermined.   Did you know that these beliefs can predict what happens in a person’s career? […]

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The Bias that Changes Every Career

Let’s talk about a bias that affects every person’s career. Researchers recently discovered this bias by analyzing nearly 20 years of career data across 57 different countries…then they confirmed it further with two new experiments.   What is this bias? Why does it seem to happen everywhere? To understand it, we first need to acknowledge a couple of basic things […]

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Does Working with Friends Increase Performance?

Does working with friends make you perform better on the job? Or would it be better to work with strangers? Results from a recent analysis—including results from 26 different studies and nearly 1,000 teams—give us some interesting answers.   Working with friends There are reasons to think that working with friends can increase job performance. For example: Feeling uninhibited can […]

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