The first 90 days

November 5, 2011

I was recently reading The Interview Question You Should Always Expect (HBR Blog), which as the title suggests is written from the perspective of the job candidate, and it reminded me that it’s also the killer question for any interviewer. Afterall it’s not where the candidate has come from that makes the difference, it’s what they’re planning to do next… Not sure what I’m talking about? Read the HBR article.

What are candidate assessment measures measuring?

September 8, 2011

Do candidates who are better at predicting what employers are looking for – who have a well-developed ‘ability to identify criteria’ – actually do better at assessment events? Yes… in fact research seems to show that this ability correlates more strongly with job performance than assessment centre scores themselves!

Read this BPS Research Digest article for the full story: What exactly are candidate selection measures measuring?

Cats with thumbs

May 6, 2011

When I first went to University I studied Biology and I well remember being asked in some interview or other how you could breed a dog that could climb trees. Seriously. And in response I think I waffled on about the need for it to develop opposable thumbs or to grow claws like grappling hooks. I’m sure you get the idea. Anyhow this is a long winded way of introducing a great and funny advert about… cats with thumbs. Nothing to do with business, I just like it!

First impressions count (literally)

October 5, 2010

It looks like first impressions are all about ‘what’s in it for me’. Those pesky neuroscientists have been at it again and have identified two areas of the brain that fire up when we’re dealing with impression-relevant information. They are the amygdala, which seems to have a hand in all sorts of stuff, but this time it’s to do with trust; and the posterior cingulate cortex, which is your very own internal accountant, concerned with economic decision-making and the evaluation of rewards. The upshot is that before someone has even had a chance to sneeze you’ve checked out whether they are of value to you. A bit depressing isn’t it? However it might help to explain social climbing…

Want it straight from the horse’s mouth?  Here’s the reference:

Schiller, D., Freeman, J.B., Mitchell, J.P, Uleman, J.S. & Phelps, A. (2009). A Neural Mechanism of First Impressions. Nature Neuroscience, 12, pp. 508-514.

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The origins of the job interview

September 21, 2010

My attention was drawn to this Armstrong & Miller TV sketch a few days ago. If you have ever been interviewed (of course you have!), or attended an interview skills training course, this will make you chuckle:

Armstrong & Miller Show, Series 2, Episode 6, BBC1.


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