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Hot Hiring Hint from Mel Kleiman: Devil or Angel?


It is human nature to look for like-minded others who share our assessments and opinions, but it’s in your best interest to curb this tendency when evaluating job candidates. If the candidate you are considering has been interviewed by others, don’t share your rating with anyone else and don't ask how anyone else rated the candidate until you make your own decision and can stick to your guns.

I recommend this because, in most cases, we allow other people’s opinions to influence our own – especially if that person is higher up the chain-of-command. This is also more likely to happen when another opinion is extremely negative or we are short of time.

Also at work here, clouding everyone’s judgment, are the “halo” and “horn” effects. We human beings don’t seem to be able to think of others as combinations of strengths and weaknesses or as having good and less desirable traits. Most of us see others as mostly good or mostly bad. So, if your boss didn’t get a good first impression of a candidate you want to hire, the boss isn’t necessarily right.

If more than one person can give you concrete reasons why they would not hire your candidate, it would be wise to reconsider. However, don’t be unduly influenced by what a peer or even your boss thinks. The fastest way for you to learn - from both your successes and mistakes - is to make your own decisions and stick with them.

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