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Playing Dumb

Playing Dumb

Interview Deception - Playing Dumb You may recall the comedies Dumb and Dumber and Dumb and Dumber 2. The main characters are played by Jim Carrey (Lloyd Christmas) and Jeff Daniels (Harry Dunne). Not the sharpest knives in the drawer, they bumble and stumble their...

Using Lie Detectors

Using Lie Detectors

When I think of lie detectors, my mind immediately jumps to the scene in Meet the Fockers where Jack Byrnes, played by Robert Di Nero, subjects his son-in-law, Greg Focker, played by Ben Stiller, to a lie detector test. It’s hilarious. The two re-enacted the scene on...

Interview Deception –  I Don’t Understand English

Interview Deception – I Don’t Understand English

I worked in a 450 person facility that had an extremely large and ethnically diverse population. It seemed as though every country in the world was represented. English was not the mother tongue for a number of these folks. Some of them spoke excellent English, others...

The Non-Answer Interviewing Deception

The Non-Answer Interviewing Deception

According to former CIA officers Philip Houston, Michael Floyd and Susan Carnicero in their book Spy the Lie, non-answer statements can include the following: That’s a good question. I’m glad you asked that. I knew you were going to ask me that. That’s a legitimate...

10 Signs Your Company Has a Toxic Workplace Culture

10 Signs Your Company Has a Toxic Workplace Culture

High Turnover – You have a turnstile at the front door. Employees leave the business as fast as new ones join. Exit interviews are conducted, but employees are tight-lipped. They don’t want to say anything negative for fear of retaliation by way of a bad reference....

Say What You Mean

Say What You Mean

If you’re a movie buff, you may remember a 1991 low budget number called “Hot Shots”. It starred Charlie Sheen and was a parody of the hit movie “Top Gun” and the Rambo movies. There’s a scene in the movie where an officer and a general are standing over a mockup of...

Playing Dumb – Another Interview Deception

Playing Dumb – Another Interview Deception

You may recall the comedies Dumb and Dumber and Dumb and Dumber 2. The main characters are played by Jim Carrey (Lloyd Christmas) and Jeff Daniels (Harry Dunne). Not the sharpest knives in the drawer, they bumble and stumble their way through a number of...

Complex Human Resources Newsletter 2nd Edition

Complex Human Resources Newsletter 2nd Edition

Welcome back to the second edition of the Complex Human Resources Newsletter. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. The good news is that spring is just around the corner. I’ve been staying COVID-19 free and religiously following the protocols, but have to...

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Loose Lips Sink Ships

What do you do when you come to the end of your investigative interview? You have no more questions to ask and you’re tired. You just want to the interview to end so you can decompress, go to the washroom or grab a refreshment. Your head feels like it’s going to...

Interviewing Deception – Sudden Amnesia Onset

Interviewing Deception – Sudden Amnesia Onset

I have encountered many people in my career who are bright, intelligent and articulate. However, get them into an interview room and they can’t remember a thing. It’s not because they suffer from some sort of cognitive impairment. It’s because they’ve chosen to be...