Science Helps you Hire Better: 3 Top Tips for Effective Job Interviews

What works best to spot your next star performer? Here are three scientist-tested tactics that will get you results. Prepare Structured Questions Asking all candidates the same specific questions keeps answers relevant, draws a complete picture of each candidate, and allows for direct comparison later amongst candidates. This increases the validity of the interviews by mitigating any potential biases (whether […]

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The Hidden Danger of Hiring the Confident Charmer

Confident. Resilient. Charming. For many hiring managers, these words evoke an image of the perfect employee — a true “go-getter” — self-assured in a crisis, but also likable. They favor people who exhibit these qualities in interviews and are more likely to promote them. Unfortunately, these qualities may come with a hidden price. Confidence, resilience, and charm are also key […]

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A Surprising Trait Predicts Who Tells Lies

What kind of person would lie to you? If we’re talking about personality traits, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the “Dark Triad.” These 3 disturbing traits (Psychopathy, Narcissism and Machiavellianism) often seem to go together.   None of that is at all surprising. We pretty much expect that kind of person to lie to us. But […]

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The Real Problem with Job Interviews

Job interviews can cause a variety of problems. The worst of all is promoting overconfidence.   There is a huge difference between: Being confident in a decision (because you know the likely outcome) Feeling confident about a decision   Job interviews make us feel more confident. This can be a good thing. After all, how would you feel about hiring someone […]

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The Surprising Truth About First Impressions

First impressions can happen very quickly. Within seconds of meeting a person for the first time, you already have a pretty good idea how you feel about them. Do they seem friendly? Threatening? Competent? Trustworthy? Attractive?   It’s difficult not to make these “snap judgments.”     Can you trust your gut? People tend to follow their first impressions. If […]

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