CHAPTER 6 Decision time How to evaluate job applicants and what mistakes to avoid

DOI: 10.4324/9781003171089-6

The importance of decision-making in job interviews

Today, our two familiar candidates, Rachel and Kareem, are interviewing with Jennifer for a mechanical engineering position at Mechanical Design Incorporated (MDI). Jennifer is also interviewing two other candidates: Sofia and Anthony. Jennifer has an important but difficult job to do. As the gatekeeper of the organization, it is likely that her evaluation of the four candidates will have a major impact on who is offered a job and who is not. Of course, MDI may combine Jennifer’s evaluations with information obtained from other selection tools, such as applicants’ scores on ...

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