A: Been quiet lately?
B: I know – busy, busy, work, work, work. You?
A: Busy, busy, play, play, play.
B: I’ve just read a fascinating book though?
A: More fascinating that Sonic the Hedgehog on Playstation 2?
B: No. But quite interesting. It’s Blink and it’s quite boring but one of the underlying premises is that we are far better being making instinctive judgements than we believe.
B: Oh yes. We often make instant decisions which turn out to be spot on.
A: Fascinating. For example….
B: For example we’re often far more accurate going with our gut feeling about the right person for the job than we are after a thirty minute interview.
A: Wow. So we could do away with all that interviewing nonsense?
A: Then you’d be out of a job?
B: I’ve thought of that. I’ve a new plan. I’ve even coined a phrase for it.
A: I wonder who coined the phrase “coined the phrase”?
B: I have no idea. Anyway my new technique is ‘speed interviewing’.
A: Wow. Like Sonic in a suit?
B: Exactly. It’s perfect. Goodbye 4 week assessment centres. Hello 2 minute interviews.
A: Imagine the cost savings.
A: Any downside?
B: Just the one.
B: I’m not convinced it works.
A: Ah well. Don’t get bogged down in detail.
B: Exactly. I think I’ll patent the phrase.
A: The ‘coined phrase’?
B: Yes – “speed interviewing”.
A: Doesn’t it bother you that it doesn’t work?
B: Not really. No other form of interviewing works.
A: And you would know that because…..
B: I teach it.
A: Of course you do. The only surprise is that’s I’m surprised…