You don’t mean to be but you are. We know research tells us that in meeting someone it takes us only a few seconds to make our mind up about that individual. We know virtually nothing about them, yet we decided how we feel about them.
New research says that in judging people when recruiting we will decide in less than two seconds if they are trustworthy. The firmness of their handshake will influence whether we give them a job or not. Even holding a hot or cold drink before interviewing significantly influences our decision!
As Jim Collins says in Good to Great, nothing is more important than getting the right people in place. This needs some objectivity to balance the strong subconscious influences which colour our judgment of people. A good psychometric tool can be immensely important in bring both objectivity and, most importantly, balance to our critical decisions about people.