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Here’s How Quickly Interviewers Decide Whether or Not to Hire Someone

May 19, 2015 There’s a common belief that interviewers tend to make hiring decisions within a few minutes of meeting someone, often based on little more than a couple of inane details. That assumption is supported by research, but the studies were small and they were conducted in labs. So a team of ...

How People Succeed in High Pressure Jobs Without Working 80-hour Weeks

May 1, 2015 In the US, it’s a common expectation that workers be committed to their job above all else. It’s called the “ideal worker image,”and whether they admit it or not, companies reward people who embrace it. Boston University professor Erin Reid conducted in-depth interviews with employees about that expectation at an ...

Advice for Job-switchers and Newbies from Google’s Hiring Chief

April 30, 2015 Google HR chief Laszlo Bock has been just about everywhere lately, promoting his book on the extremely data-focused approach to hiring and management he has created at the search and tech giant. His team’s research has helped the company stop asking older candidates for GPA and test scores, and determined ...

Advice for Job-Switchers and Newbies From Google’s Hiring Chief

April 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google HR chief Laszlo Bock has been just about everywhere lately, promoting his book on the extremely data-focused approach to hiring and management he has created at the search and tech giant. His team’s research has helped the company stop asking older candidates for GPA and test scores, and determined ...

The Risk of Letting Employees Know Where They Rank Versus Their Peers

April 20, 2015 It’s possible to rank employees in entirely new ways in the age of big data. People in sales are used to seeing their numbers compared. But now everything from how well truck drivers drive, to individual author web traffic and how quickly engineers write code can be quantified in great ...

How Google Is Tackling the Science of How to Build Excellent Teams

April 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Project Oxygen started out as an attempt by Google’s People and Innovation Lab (PiLab) to prove that managers don’t really matter. The internal team of researchers, who are focused on understanding how people work, ended up proving the opposite. It became one of the most impactful projects to ever come ...

The Most Popular Programming Languages Are Rapidly Changing

April 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology moves fast, particularly on the software side, as Stack Overflow’s annual survey of developers demonstrates. The popular Q&A site for people who write code released results this week from a poll of more than 25,000 developers, who were queried on everything from their country of origin to their caffeine ...

You Are Almost Certainly Starting Salary Negotiations Wrong

March 17, 2015 Asking for a raise is one of the most fraught parts of a working life, a process maniacally Googled and agonized over with friends. Advice is often conflicting. Don’t give your number first, or always do. Start with a number you don’t really expect to get, or ask for nothing ...

Even the Best Cover Letter Isn’t As Good As a Two Minute Conversation

February 26, 2015 It’s a familiar online job search story. You find a dream position, agonize endlessly over a perfect cover letter, attach it to your resume, then hear nothing back. Sheer volume and a preference for referrals are part of the story. But people also overestimate their writing, and underestimate how effective ...

The Architectural Theory That’s Killing Personal Space at Work

February 24, 2015 The mass adoption of the open office killed off walls for most workers, and even the cubicle. Now, its evolution is shrinking employees’ desks. One reason, unsurprisingly, is to save on rent in expensive markets by packing more people into smaller spaces, according to The New York Times (paywall). But ...