Job interviews are useless, a Yale Professor says

Are job interviews useless?

After graduation real life starts. You’ll have to find a job, and therefore most probably have to do a job interview. It might be something to get anxious about. Unless you listen to what this Yale Professor has to say about it. 

Recently The New York Times published an article by Jason Dana, and assistant Professor of Management and Marketing at the Yale School of Management. In it he says job interviews are utterly useless.

‘People who study personnel psychology have long understood this. In 1979, for example, the Texas Legislature required the University of Texas Medical School to increase its incoming class size by 50 students. The additional 50 students that the school admitted had reached the interview phase of the application process but, following their interviews, were rejected. A team of researchers later found that these students did just as well as their other classmates in terms of attrition, academic performance, clinical performance and honours earned. The judgment of the interviewers, in other words, added nothing of relevance to the admissions process.’

Drop the personal questions
Research by Dana and his colleagues shows that interviews can be 'harmful and undercutting the impact of other, more valuable information about interviewees'. But how can one then select the right person for the job? Dana: ‘One option is to structure interviews so that all candidates receive the same questions, a procedure that has been shown to make interviews more reliable and modestly more predictive of job success. Alternatively, you can use interviews to test job-related skills, rather than idle chatting or asking personal questions.’

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