Halo Effect

The halo effect makes you create a very positive judgment about a candidate just because one specific characteristic stood out positively.

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What is the halo effect?

The halo effect makes you create a very positive judgment about a candidate just because one specific characteristic stood out positively. This one characteristic leads to you not being critical anymore about other characteristics. It’s the exact opposite of the Horns effect.

Example in the hiring process.

When we read on a candidate’s resume that they worked for McKinsey, most of us would immediately want to invite the candidate to an interview, because we assume that this is an incredibly smart and hard-working individual. However, we do not take into account that other pieces of information on the resume could also indicate that the candidate might not be the best fit.

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