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Joshua Stewart

WORKING: Beating The Bias

By Joshua StewartPosted April 5, 2013 9:30am (EDT)
(Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/476098132/>Tim Patterson via Flickr</a>.)

(Photo Courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.)


There’s a bias we all have that you might have experienced before. It’s called the “gambler’s fallacy” – basically, whenever you go on a streak or wins or losses, you just know that the streak is about to end. (So you might as well play one more hand or pull the slot-machine handle one more time!)

This has implications for our job interviews (which is why we’re talking about it here): If you come at the end of a string of great candidates, the interviewer pretty much expects you to be terrible. Of course, if you come after a bunch of poor candidates, the person across the table is more likely to see you as a terrific option. (Hear more in this Morning Edition segment.)

So can you hit the “reset” button on job interviewers so they see you and your qualifications in a less-biased way? Our workplace and career expert Brandon Smith says you can and explains how in this week’s Working on GPB Radio.

Click here ask Brandon a question about your job or career. We might answer you on the air.

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