How You'll Make Hiring Mistakes

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  1. You interview Schmo, who super SUCKS.
  2. You interview Beebo, who's average.

What does your mind do?

Your mind experiences the contrasting/anchoring effect: Because Schmo super sucked, that made Schmo look super impressive in comparison.

So then you go:

  • WOW BEEBO SUPER GOOD
  • Hire! Hire! Hire!

Because your mind assesses the skills of two candidates based on comparisons, you mistakenly have a higher opinion on Beebo than if you had just interviewed Beebo alone.

Take a Car Dealership

You go to the dealership.

  • First car you see? $100K
  • Second car? $50K

The second car seems affordable. You can finance for it. Yay!

Now, let's say this happened instead when you first got to the dealership:

  1. First car? $15K
  2. Second car? $50K

DANGGGG SON THAT CAR ^2 = LUXURY. I CANNOT AFFORD

Your mind tricks you into judging X differently when X is really just the same thing based on faulty comparisons.

(It's how car dealerships make deals more attractive to you.)

Stopping your mind from tricking you when hiring?

Try interviewing/analyzing/comparing a BUNCH of candidates to prevent YOSELF and YO MIND from hiring based on misguided comparisons.

You'll start comparing candidates based on a fuller whole than just a small, distorted, sample -- to find the best candidate.

WIN

Bunches.

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Posted on February 11

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