Personality Types Don’t Exist

What’s your personality type? 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 that the information they provide can help you to learn something important about yourself and the people around you. But there is no evidence that any of this is […]

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Is Your Job Application Haunted?

A few years ago, something spooky happened. Complete strangers in my neighborhood began to approach me on the street. They would ask rather personal questions, about how I was doing or if I had plans later. One time, a person even congratulated me for something—apparently I had done a great job yesterday!   It turns out they thought I was […]

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Data Science Takes Your Job Interviews to the Next Level

The main purpose of the job interview is to evaluate candidates. But that probably isn’t your only goal.   It can be just as important to show a personal interest in each candidate. After all, a positive interview experience can increase the chances that the best candidates will actually accept a job offer.   The problem with more “personal”  interviews is that they typically aren’t very reliable or […]

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What Spaghetti Sauce Can Teach Us about Hiring

Once upon a time (the 70s and 80s) there was very little variety on supermarket shelves. For the most part there was just one type of ketchup, one type of mustard, one type of spaghetti sauce.   Food manufacturers had been collecting lots of data. They conducted surveys, focus groups, and taste tests. Their results at the time didn’t seem […]

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