Can Pro Interviewers Spot a Liar?

Most job candidates will tell you what you want to hear. They ‘re qualified. They’re motivated. This job would be a dream come true!! Not every candidate will be telling the truth. But what are the chances that an interviewer can tell the difference? Are experienced interviewers more accurate than beginners? And perhaps most importantly, how does this affect hiring decisions? A recent series of experiments shows us some valuable insights ...
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The Surprising Female Advantage in Job Interviews

Job interviews can cause anxiety… …And women often experience greater anxiety than men. The difference can be especially strong when trying to “play it cool” under stress—for example, this study found that women who suppressed their emotions during a job interview experienced more than twice as much anxiety as men. Interviewers tend to prefer the applicants who demonstrate confidence, rather than anxiety. How can this still lead to a female ...
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Can Work References Reveal an Applicant’s “True” Personality?

Personality assessments can be a very valuable hiring tool. But they’re not perfect in every way. The main criticism is that nothing can really prevent job applicants from “faking” their responses. Personality assessments never provide perfect predictions of job performance or other key outcomes—and perhaps this is due to applicant “faking.” [well] Related articles: Can Applicants Cheat a Personality Assessment? The Biggest Lie Ever Told about Hiring [/well] What if ...
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Experienced Managers Make Decisions Differently

Managers have to make decisions about people. Pretty much everything from “Who gets a bonus?” to “Who gets fired?” What really goes into the process of making these decisions? And perhaps more importantly, what decision processes differentiate the more experienced managers from the newbies? “The hard way”: Logistics Managers usually have a whole lot of information available to them. This is a good thing in many ways. If you’re going ...
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2 Traits that Make Leaders Miserable

There are many important questions about leadership. What makes a leader more effective? What makes a leader loved or hated? What makes a leader fair or unfair? But until recently, there has been a lot less research on what makes a leader happy or unhappy, themselves. What makes a leader happy or unhappy? This is a vital question to answer. Here’s what we know so far: Happiness is an important ...
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Does Employee Happiness Drive Business Results?

Employee happiness used to be considered an important business goal. People thought that happy employees make organizations more successful. Maybe they were wrong. The idea certainly has fallen out of favor in recent decades, and it has largely been replaced with a broader emphasis on “employee engagement.” Some people might even suggest that the pursuit of employee happiness isn’t worthwhile. But before we give up on employee happiness, let’s see ...
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Why Do Narcissists Get So Defensive?

Some people think very highly of themselves. They are “the best.” They always win. They’re Narcissists. With all that confidence, a person can seem completely shameless. You would think that they could face any challenge or criticism. So why do some Narcissists seem so overly sensitive, so fragile, so defensive? A new series of studies provides us with some useful insights. Social comparison People compare themselves to other people all ...
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Do Leaders Need Good Manners?

There are many factors that determine the effectiveness of a leader. One of the most important is assertiveness. Leaders who aren’t assertive enough are ineffective. Leaders who are too assertive are disliked. The most effective leaders are somewhere in between. That’s overall leadership style. But when it comes to making specific decisions, fairness is often what matters the most. What makes some leaders make more fair decisions? It might have ...
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3 Keys to Creative Innovation

Many industries are increasingly moving toward a “knowledge economy.” The stock-in-trade is ideas. Creative solutions to problems can be as important—sometimes even more important—than physical goods and services. How can organizations foster creative innovation? A recent large-scale analysis of employee creativity, including more than 50,000 workers from all around the world, has identified 3 key factors. 1. Intrinsic motivation Motivation tends to come from one of two general places. Extrinsic ...
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How Leadership Style Impacts Motivation

How do you motivate employees? We tend address this question in the most general sense. What increases people’s motivation? What decreases motivation? In that case, you might want to think about effective management styles, rewards and incentives, or an employee recognition program. But it’s not quite that simple. After all, there are different types of motivation. To find out how leaders motivate employees, we first need to know what really ...
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Moneyball Analytics Built for Business

In Moneyball, the scrappy general manager takes his meager resources (well, meager for a major league baseball team) and uses the power of advanced mathematical modeling (and a Yale economics grad) to recruit smarter and make it to the playoffs against all odds. The analytic modeling used in this movie (and in real-life as the movie is based on a true story) may seem like a sprinkle of magic, but ...
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Why Diversity Messaging Matters

Diversity can be a very valuable thing. Organizations with more diverse employees tend to be more successful. They hold greater market share. They have more customers, more sales, and higher profits. Executives realize this. 95% believe that a more diverse workforce will make their company more innovative 84% say that problems with diversity lead to employee turnover 72% are consciously focused on creating a culture of diversity and inclusion But ...
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Why Companies Need to Track Fairness

Employees care about getting what they want. But they care just as much about how decisions are made. People want to feel that they are treated fairly, regardless of the outcome. Psychologists call this “procedural justice.” Procedural justice increases the effectiveness of managers, promotes engagement and satisfaction, and reduces employee burnout. And this all adds up to greater success for the entire organization. Of course, having formal rules that promote ...
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Why are these questions asked on your application

Why is my application asking for my race and gender?

Information on job applications. They ask for a lot of it. Have you ever been going through an application and come to a section where all of a sudden it wants to know all of the details you thought companies were never supposed to ask for? They need your gender, your race and ethnicity, your disability status, your veteran status and now you feel unsure if you should continue with ...
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3 Types of Employee Recognition (with Very Different Results)

People want to be recognized for their work. It’s fairly obvious that employee recognition can contribute to motivation, productivity and engagement. But did you know that different forms of recognition can lead to very different results? In this article, we break down employee recognition into 3 basic types, and the different effects each tends to have. 1. Achievement-based recognition When most people think of employee recognition, this is what they ...
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Can Applicants Cheat a Personality Assessment?

Job applicants might try to cheat a per-hire assessment. Personality assessments offer many advantages, but they also seem like they could be easy to cheat. These assessments allow you to freely select your responses—there is nothing to prevent you from selecting responses that might make you look good, even if they don’t accurately describe you. But how often does cheating actually happen, and how does it affect the reliability and ...
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How People See Trends and Coincidences

Imagine an especially great week at work. Expectations are exceeded. Things get done. Everyone’s happy! Maybe this is a trend. It could be a sign of genuine improvement. Things are getting better. Maybe it’s a coincidence. Circumstances were just right. It was luck. Most people would hesitate to call something like that a trend. It’s just one week after all. But what happens instead if we’re talking about an especially ...
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How to Evaluate Pre-Employment Assessments

Pre-employment assessments can improve the speed and accuracy of hiring decisions. Unfortunately, not all pre-employment assessments are equally useful. How can you tell the difference? In this week’s article, we cover 4 critical areas that every employer should consider before making the decision to use a pre-employment assessment: Reliability, Validity, Validation, and Legal Considerations. Reliability A pre-employment assessment that isn’t reliable cannot be valid. Remember that. This doesn’t mean that ...
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Sleep Reveals Your Personality

Sleep is important. It determines the times of day you can be most productive. Not only does quality sleep help you to rest and recover so you can show up energized for work, it can actually determine job satisfaction. You can even use sleep to recover lost memories that had previously been forgotten. But did you know that patterns of sleep and wakefulness can reveal important aspects of your personality? ...
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Unethical Behavior: 3 Studies You Should Know

You probably think about unethical behavior as isolated incidents: bad people doing bad things. Psychologists know it’s not that simple. Unethical behavior is rarely a self-correcting problem for organizations. In fact, it tends to spread from one person to the next, and thus get worse rather than better. In this article, we talk about 3 studies that provide important insights. 1. Unethical behavior is contagious When a person sees someone ...
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Are You Hiring a Psychopath? 4 Warning Signs

Psychopaths are people that essentially don’t care about other people. They typically only look out for their own interests, and may have no sense of empathy or remorse. Some won’t even try to hide it. But others have learned how to act like “normal” people—and even how to make a great first impression in an interview. How can you tell if you’re about to hire a psychopath? Keep reading for ...
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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 ...
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When Bad Stress is Good

Sometimes stress at work can be “good.” It can help you to get excited, and show real passion for your work. A stressful experience might even help you to identify and fix serious problems in the workplace. But stress at work is often “bad.” It grinds people down over time. It can lead to loss of motivation and burnout, and contribute to a variety of health problems. How can this ...
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Does Workplace Culture Drive Business Performance?

Can having the right culture cause your organization to succeed and improve? Maybe. We know that aspects of workplace culture are correlated with indicators of business success. But then again, it could be the other way around. It’s possible that organizations first experience success, and then see changes in culture as a result. Or it could be something even more complicated. Which one is it? How can we tell the ...
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3 Things You Can Do Right Now-Improving The Application Process

I know there was a lot of information to take in over the past few blogs, and if you are just joining us now, no worries, here is a brief overview of what we have gone over: Does everyone hate applying to jobs? A short introduction into why I wrote this series and what it is about, aka the job application process and ways that you can improve it 4 ...
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