However according to Psychologist Ron Friedman, “interviews are a disastrous tool for gauging potential”. In his book The Best Place To Work, Friedman is explains that over 80% of people lie in interviews. That means that if you are trying to gain meaningful insights about a candidate, the information is questionable at the very least.
He explains even if the candidate was 100% honest, there are still issues with the interview process. Recruitment industry studies indicate the more attractive people are seen as smarter, and people with deeper voices are usually considered more trustworthy.
None of these assumptions are necessarily accurate however they direct the course of an interview. Friedman explains “They affect the questions we ask during interviewers. And the way a question is phrased can make all the difference.”
As an example if the interviewer perceives you to be extroverted, they might say, “Tell me about your experience leading groups.” However, if they assume you are shy, they might say, “Are you comfortable leading groups?”
Both questions are primed to elicit different responses, even before the candidate has said a word.
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Are there better ways to hire than a job interview? This psychologist thinks so:
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