How Can You Hire for Personality if You Don’t Meet the Candidate?

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Today we are pleased to present an excerpt from Dan Schawbel’s book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connections in the Age of Isolation. With recruiting technology rapidly replacing in-person interviews, hiring managers are beginning to miss something very important: the personality of the candidate. Without further ado, here is that excerpt:

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Over the past decade, hiring has changed for the better—and for the worse. But one thing that has remained constant is that when you make the right hiring decisions, you advance your team, your company, and your own career. However, because the pace of business is constantly speeding up and companies are always looking for ways to save money, many have looked to technology to lower the cost of recruiting talent and increase the number of people they can reach.

While these companies tout how much money they’re saving by doing their interviewing by phone or video, they don’t seem to realize that neither of those approaches can ever replace in‑person interviews, in which you actually meet people, see their body language, and observe how they handle themselves. In short, those approaches are missing the critical emotional connections and personality traits that

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