Tom Sorensen | NPAworldwide

This claim by HR and hiring managers is bollocks


The claim that “I just know immediately when I meet the candidate” is bollocks. A load of nonsense. Don't fall for it. Experts call it lazy recruitment.

It's incredibly naive to believe that you can accurately assess a candidate's qualifications in just a few minutes. 

Relying on your gut feeling is a subjective and flawed experience. Your gut is often wrong due to biases that cloud your judgment.

Your gut feeling is a subjective experience. Often, your gut is just plain wrong—because it's subject to biases. 

We usually overestimate our abilities, failing to get feedback on our decision-making mistakes and therefore not learning from them. And we conveniently forget about the times when trusting our guts led to poor decisions.

It's important to be aware of our unconscious biases and try to override them when making decisions. 


One chance to make a good first impression

You have surely heard that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. 

So whether you like it or not, your brain will make the call for a first impression while you are still shaking hands with the candidate you are about to interview. Continue reading…


What is the B.S. interview?

The B.S. interview is an interview where you talk too much instead of listening to the candidate. Continue reading…


Presentation over performance is the Four A Candidate

You have interviewed for weeks and weeks and have dismissed one candidate after the other. 

But now, finally, here is a well-spoken individual who has dressed for the part, who is easy to talk to, listens well and presents a professional resume. Continue reading…


Asking the right questions, know first what you are looking for

So before you head for the meeting room to meet your first candidate, start preparing days ahead of your first meeting. 


If the candidate keeps saying “we”, ask who is “we” and you will often find out that it was a colleague and the candidate just happened to be in the meeting room. Continue reading…


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