She told elaborate detailed stories about Shadow and his adventures with her. Finally, the mom asked her the color of the dog. Her reply “purple”. Yes, it was an imaginary dog, but in her mind, it was very real.
How does Shadow relate to human resources? Easy. How many times have candidates for jobs put skills and experience on their resume that is either an exaggeration or simply not true? As a manager, we need to probe deeply into a candidate’s experience, ask for examples, details and more details. Because if we don’t, we run the risk of hiring an imaginary purple dog.
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