5 Mental Shortcuts Hiring Managers Take (and How to Use Them to Your Advantage)



This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse.

The hiring process is a terribly imprecise thing. That’s part of why it’s so frustrating. You can do everything right and be the perfect candidate for the job and somehow still not end up getting it. What gives?

Well, it’s because the process is, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), run by humans. Our brains do all sorts of behind-the-scenes shortcuts that subconsciously affect our decision-making. Even the order in which you interview may have an impact. It’s not always the most logical thing, but that’s just the way it is. Bummer, right?

Well, maybe not. Read on for a few of these mental shortcuts (read: biases), and how to use them to your advantage during your job search.

1. Big Accomplishments Overshadow Everything Else

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