Research suggests the timing of an applicant’s interview, whether it’s for a job or admittance to a school, may determine the outcome of that interview. A new study shows that interviewers who have seen a string of strong candidates are more likely to view the next applicant negatively.
Simonsohn thinks this is exactly what’s happens with interview panels, that if you’re interviewing candidates and the first candidate is really weak and the second is really weak and the third is really weak, you believe, generally, that there should be an equal number of strong and weak candidates. And what they find is that interviewers add the equivalent of two years of job experience to the last candidate in a row, who is weak, in order to break the streak.
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