If you know me, you know I like to compare work – especially hiring – to dating. And perhaps one of the best comparisons is the value of trusting your gut.
My gut reaction on a first date has never steered me wrong. And as a nod to my instincts, I repeatedly ignore the warning signs and march on into the minefield – a glutton for punishment or a fan of challenge. As each relationship implodes, I find myself looking back with a smile saying, “I should have trusted my gut.”
And so it goes with hiring.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting you shoot from the hip. In fact, when I say “trust your gut,” I’m referring to the subconscious suggestions that arise from our past experience and the patterns we have observed. Our instinct represents much more information than we can logically process, and when coupled with solid reasoning and analysis, it can be quite valuable in the hiring process.
Here’s a great summary of a Harvard Business Review article on the power of gut instincts. Still looking for an HBR piece on dating…