Groundhog Day 2017: Long Winter Ahead?

February 2, 2017. Sunrise in Punxsutawney, PA. The big prediction is in. Punxsutawney Phil—the star of the most popular annual Groundhog Day event—saw his own shadow. According to tradition, this means that there will be 6 more weeks of Winter.   But what do we really know? How likely is this prediction? As a much newer annual tradition, the Cangrade Blog brings you a statistical analysis of Groundhog Day predictions (compared against weather data collected by the National Climactic Data Center).   Groundhog Day predictions This year is the biggest analysis ever. Our dataset has 189 predictions over the last […]

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The Best of 2016: Most Popular Cangrade Articles

Let’s take a look back at the best Cangrade articles from 2016. For the purposes of this list, “best” just means “most popular.” These are the most viewed articles, month by month. (Just click each title if you want to read the full article).   January: Personality Types Don’t Exist Some of the most popular assessments claim that people have distinct personality types, and that you can take the assessment to find out yours. They also claim to provide information that can teach you something important about yourself and the people around you. But there is no evidence that any […]

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Check Your Tech: It Could Be Hurting Your Application Process

Now that we all understand what not to do in the job post, I want to visit the technological aspect of what you are putting in front of potential candidates. Since competing for talent is seen as one of the greatest challenges for most companies, you need to make sure that you make a good first impression. One of the first impressions you have where candidates can actually see what you are all about is when a candidate lands on your career page. This means that you need to put some effort in to make sure that it is always […]

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The Outcome Bias: 3 Tips to Avoid It

The outcome bias is a tendency to judge people based on outcomes (rather than their intentions). What’s wrong with that? After all, results do matter. But if we ignore people’s intentions, it undermines the ability to make fair decisions—especially to encourage ethical behavior and discourage unethical behavior.   We’ve already discussed some disturbing trends, such as how focusing too much on goals can damage organizations, and how some job postings attract psychopaths. (We even have a brief personality quiz if you want to find out how Machiavellian you are, and learn about some common misconceptions.)   But we haven’t discussed […]

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