John Sharpe, former president of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, "I think gut fell and instinct is particularly important in determining who not to hire, I don't think you can hire based on gut feel alone. You have to examine their record. But when everything looks good on paper, if you have a gnawing feeling that you don't feel comfortable with the person, or if you don't totally trust the person, then you should pass." - Who
why are instincts keep us from being good interviewers, and what you can do to hire better.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression was the tagline for a Head and shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. Unfortunately in caps relates how most interviews work. there have been volumes written about how the first 5 minutes of an interview are what really matter, describing how interviewers make initial assessments and spend the rest of the interview working to confirm those assessments. if they like you, they look for reasons to like you more. If they don't like your handshake for the awkward introduction, then the interview is essentially over because they spend the rest of the meeting looking for reasons to reject you. These small moments of observation that are then used to make bigger decisions are called thin slices.
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