Monday, September 7, 2009

Speed interviewing works

I am sure you have heard of speed dating. This is a process in which a lot of men and women looking for dates come together in a hall and each man/woman "dates" every other woman/man for 1-2 minutes. The idea behind this is the belief that it takes a person only a minute or two to decide whether another person is compatible to them or not. While many people were sceptical about this concept, other scientific studies have shown that we as human beings are actually very quick at judging other people, and quite accurately at that.

Malcolm Gladwell talks about this in his book Blink, where he tells us how intuition, sixth sense, impulse or whatever you may want to call it, is a highly evolved brain function that helps you make quick decisions.

Recently Seth Godin has written about how speed interviewing works. What he says rings true, because in my experience, I have always been able to judge the suitability of a person within the first 3 - 5 minutes (even though I ended up stretching the interview for half an hour).

So next time you are interviewing a bunch of people, give speed interviewing a try. And let me know what you think.
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