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"The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews"

A Yale assistant professor of management and marketing summarizes his research.

Of course, he's looking at the wrong things. The not-so-secret agenda of many interviews is either one or both of two things: 1) support the interviewers' self-images as really smart people who can, with a few minutes' conversation, find out as much or more about an applicant as resumes, test scores, recommendations, or anything else can reveal or, more charitably, 2) not to determine the applicant's narrow fitness for a task but to determine his or her sociability, or what old Ivy Leaguers sometimes described as determining whether a person was "clubable".

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