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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...