“Are Your First Impression Biases the #1 Cause of Your Hiring Mistakes?” by Lou Adler at LinkedIn on 30 April 2014

This article focuses on the dangers of making a ‘hasty’ decision about people based on first impressions.  As you assume more senior leadership roles throughout your career, you are more likely to have greater input in the people selection process.  You really want the best people, since they are the ones that will be executing your vision.  First impressions can be skewed for a variety of reasons, so the author provides actionable advice on how to avoid this pitfall:

  • Listen to the judge (take 30 minutes instead of 30 seconds)
  • Measure the first impression at the end of the interview
  • Treat candidates as consultants (we believe them to be competent until proven otherwise)
  • Change your standard from possible best friend to a strong co-worker (this is not a date…)
  • Use evidence to make the assessment, not gut feelings

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