Most Job Interviewers Make a Common Mistake

By Newser Editors, Newser Staff

April 18, 2017

Everyone knows the drill: A potential employer brings in candidates and peppers them with questions about their lives. 

These interviews often go a long way toward determining who gets hired, but the problem is, they're not just a waste of time—they may actually do more harm than good, writes a Yale professor in the New York Times

Jason Dana cites several experiments to prove his point, including one in which college students were asked to predict the GPAs of test subjects based on the subjects' previous grades, class schedule, and personal interviews. They also predicted the grades of students they didn't meet, and they fared much better with this group. In other words, the interviews actually skewed their assessments, undercutting the value of more concrete clues such as previous GPAs.

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