Why Smart People Make Stupid Decisions

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We’ve all witnessed it: smart people like executives, doctors, and leaders making bad decisions – some of which were catastrophic. The Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 is one tragic example.  Official investigations concluded that, due to pressure to launch on schedule, NASA and other experts overlooked the dangers of launching the space shuttle in […]

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How to Handle a Behavioral Job Interview

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I’ve interviewed thousands of job candidates as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource consultant.  In this article, I’m going to share some advice about how to prepare for and respond to behavioral job interview questions. What is a Behavioral Interview? Behavioral interviewing is also known as situational interviewing or the “STAR” method (Situation, Task, Activity, […]

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How Social Media Sways Hiring Decisions

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Companies often do internet searches on job candidates, and consider what they find on social media when making hiring decisions.  For example: “The candidate had a great resume and interviewed well, but Human Resources was concerned about his Twitter comments, so we didn’t hire him.” As a Business Psychologist specializing in assessing candidates, I advocate […]

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How to Recognize Weaponized Feedback

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Constructive feedback is helpful to the person it’s given to.  It can be positive feedback (e.g., “You’re doing a great job”) or negative feedback (e.g., “Here’s how you can do a better job…”). In contrast, weaponized feedback is harmful to the person it’s given to, and it can be used to exploit them.  Worse, weaponized […]

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