Artificial Intelligence will Revolutionize Talent Management — Are you ready?

Where did Artificial Intelligence come from? As modern as it may seem, the term “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) was coined by a group of researchers back in 1956. Its early iterations had nothing to do with killer robots or surrogate romantic partners. Instead, they used the term “Artificial Intelligence” as a catch-all phrase for recent advancements in computing theory that had rendered computers “human-like” in their ability to perform certain tasks, ...
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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 based on demographics, familiarity, or just recency of the interview) ...
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Insincerity: What is it Good For?

The customer is always right. Greet every customer with a smile. Always greet your employees enthusiastically. Always go to the office holiday party. The American work experience is riddled with these tiny moments of insincerity that are often scripted or actively encouraged by employers. But is exhibiting insincerity with customers or co-workers helping or hurting an employee’s chances of success in their role? Well, there are a few determining factors ...
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Fighting Off Toxic Workplace Culture

The signs are all there: Lack of positive reinforcement. Bad blood with managers. A general cloud of unhappiness descends over the workplace... The diagnosis? Toxic workplace culture. How do workplaces end up here? There are many factors that can create a toxic culture in the workplace, including: Lack of clear expectations and incentives No sense of community Demands that exceed resources Unfair compensation structure Why should companies care? Toxic workplace ...
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Neuroticism: A Counterintuitive Edge

How does the ideal employee respond to problems? Most hiring managers would tell you: with a steady hand and a level head. In a culture that values confidence, hiring managers may see social anxiety and self-doubt as a recipe for disaster. But they might be wrong. A growing body of research suggests that, in many situations, a neurotic employee is the most effective. What is neuroticism? The American Psychologist defines ...
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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 aspects of the DSM criteria for psychopathy. How do these ...
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Filling the Skills Gap: Soft Skills are the Key

When faced with the choice between technical expertise or intangible personality traits, hiring managers choose the former. This preference is amplified in more technical fields like engineering, programming, and project management. Unfortunately, this approach is unsustainable. Why? First, millennials are career-hoppers. Recent studies have found that millennials change jobs four times during their first decade after college -- often from one career to an entirely different one.  Companies that lock ...
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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 – especially when it comes to modern hiring practices. 71% ...
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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 that aims for a satisfactory or adequate result, rather than ...
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Groundhog Day 2018: When More is Better

Happy Groundhog Day! The big prediction is in for 2018. Punxsutawney Phil—the star of the most popular annual Groundhog Day event—saw his own shadow this morning (as he does about 70% of the time). According to tradition, this means that there will be 6 more weeks of Winter! But how likely is that prediction to come true? As a much more recent tradition, the Cangrade Blog shows you exactly how ...
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Are Work Meetings Really Worth It?

Work meetings can be a controversial subject. Some people think that meetings are essential. Some people see meetings as a big waste of time. But then again, everyone can agree that communication is important. And of course, we can all agree that it’s possible to spend too much time in meetings. What does the research show? Researchers recently analyzed the data from 150 studies (including nearly 10,000 teams). Perhaps their ...
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Happy Holidays from the Cangrade Team!

Warm holiday wishes from all of us here at Cangrade ...
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Best of 2017: Most Popular Articles of the Year

2017 was a really good year. (When it comes to interesting new research, anyway.) Let’s take a look back at the most popular articles. January: Interview Better with This Trick How can you make the best impression in an interview? The most charismatic, funny, and witty people can think fast. Eye contact tends to slow down your thought processes. Looking away at the right times can speed up your responses, ...
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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? Let’s not stop to ponder if our ability to predict career ...
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The 3 Gifts People Really Want

The holiday season is here. For many of us, it’s time to start thinking about finding gifts for the important people in our lives. Finding the right gifts can be time-consuming and stressful—and you still might not end up getting something they really want. How can you know what people really want? Research has shown that it comes down to 3 basic things. People want… 1. What they ask for ...
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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 it turns out there’s even more to the story. [well] Related ...
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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 about careers. Career trajectory The trajectory of your career is ideally ...
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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 make people happy. Happiness can increase job performance. A positive workplace ...
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Scary, Creepy, Icky, Gross Jobs: How Managers Can Help

Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the holiday, let’s talk about a certain type of job. We’re talking about things like sanitation, waste collection, custodial work, animal control, corrections, and even exotic entertainment. These sorts of “dirty work” are almost always in demand. Many of these jobs absolutely need to be done by someone…even if most people don’t want to do them. These jobs can be very hard on employees. What ...
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Why Do Leaders Ignore Advice?

Some leaders take advice from the experts. They listen to their colleagues. They even listen to subordinates. Other leaders only seem to value their own opinions. We know that this has something to do with power. In general: People in low-power positions are more likely to take advice. People in high-power positions are less likely to take advice. But why does this happen? And why does it only happen with some ...
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Personality Predicts Your Response to the Cold Virus

Personality traits can provide useful clues for making predictions about people. When it comes to predicting who might get sick, some of these clues seem fairly obvious. For example, people who are highly conscientious might be more likely to do things such as wash their hands (after all, conscientious people tend to be more careful, disciplined, and well-organized). As another example, people who are more neurotic or introverted might try ...
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Pre-Hire Assessments: How Long is Too Long?

Pre-hire assessments come with an apparent trade-off: If an assessment is too short, you might not get enough information to make the best hiring decisions. If an assessment is too long, you might end up losing applicants because of it. But is that really how it works? How long is too long for an assessment? New research provides us with a surprising answer. A recent large-scale analysis—including more than 200,000 ...
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Does Intelligence Make Leaders Influential?

Some leaders are more influential than others. And, of course, some leaders are more intelligent than others. But more intelligent leaders aren’t necessarily more influential. In fact, research has found that the most intelligent leaders tend to be less influential. [well] Related articles: The Trait that Defines a Leader 2 Traits that Makes Leaders Miserable Do Leaders Need Good Manners?[/well] Intelligence and influence The most important thing to understand about ...
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3 Minor Details with Big Effects on Team Performance

There are many things that can determine the success of a team. But sometimes, it’s the little things that actually end up making the difference. 1. Number of people Imagine that you’re walking down the street, and see someone in need of help. How likely is it that you would actually stop to help them? If you’re the only person around, it’s pretty likely that you would. If there are ...
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