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Seeing the Elephants

In this article, Graham Duncan describes the interviewer and the interviewee in a hiring scenario as two people riding elephants, where the elephants are all their experience and context that drives their unconscious minds. 

If the interviewer or the interviewee fails to see the elephant that their counterpart is sitting on, they have little way of getting the full picture of who they are interacting with, which can lead to poor hiring decisions. 

And he recommends that the focus of the interviewer should be in seeing the elephant that the interviewee is sitting on, and to build that picture of the two of them together to an extent that the rest of the details can be learnt from reference checks as to how the interviewee and their elephant function together.

This is a fantastic way to look at not just an interview scenario, but all interactions between two people who are newly acquainted. 

We tend to miss the elephant under the other person, which often drives them more than the other way around. 

Once we learn to see the elephant, then everything becomes a lot clearer. 

And without enough self-reflection, we fail to see the elephant that we are sitting on ourselves, and this leads us to wonder why we keep doing some things even though our rational selves know that's not the right thing to be doing for us.

Seeing the elephants is among the greatest skills we can have.

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