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The interview process is broken

Rigorous research across nearly a century suggests that if you try to rank the performance of a hundred candidates based on interviews, you'll be lucky if you get eight of them in the right spot. Job interviews are stuck in the past.

The failings of job interviews hurt all of us. Whether we're the ones asking the questions, or answering them. We have to explore how we can improve them. Not just to help interviewers make better hiring decisions, but to give job candidates a better chance to showcase their strengths.

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What the leader needs to do for setting up the stage:

  • Frame the work – Set expectations about failure, and interdependence to clarify the need for voice
  • Emphasise the purpose – Identify what’s at stake, why it matters, and for whom

This accomplishes shared expectations and meaning.

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An overlooked factor at an organization: The climate of psychological safety

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Our brains are wired to make nonstop predictions, including guessing the next word in every line of text.

If your writing confirms the readers’ guess, that’s OK, though possibly a yawner. Surprise can make your message stick, helping readers learn and retain information.

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