I am sitting in a cafe in the heart of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. As I am sipping my strong espresso americano, I am thinking about job interviewing and the whole process surrounding an applicant’s journey. One topic that stands out to me in the Pearce book is first impression error. I can point to a few instances where I participated in this erroneous process of selection and had a biased based on the first couple of statement coming out of the interviewee’s mouth. Is this a biases or a gut feeling? I can’t say for sure at this moment. What I can say is hiring isn’t a pure science. There are some elements that cannot be accounted for.
I have been experiencing the Mexican culture for a few days and many things are different. This trip serves as a reminder that people come from a multitude of backgrounds. Their experience and values all trace back to their history. I need to overcome the first impression error. The first step is recognizing the problem, so there is progress.
Ok, back to this delicious coffee.