Poll: Do You ‘Trust Your Gut?’
Most Follow Their Gut Feelings
Last month we discussed how much you can learn about an employer or candidate in a five-minute phone call. So we were curious to hear how many of you trust those initial gut feelings during the hiring process. We had a solid turnout of 9,342 votes this month!
Most said they at least took those first impressions into account with 36% saying they somewhat did, 33% saying they did, and 4% saying they fully relied on their intuition. 21% said that they’ll listen to their gut but will still rely on evidence. 2% said they didn’t have any system to deciding. Only 4% said their keep their decisions strictly analytical. In general, if our readers don’t like the someone’s vibe, they’re ready to walk away.
Here are the full results:
Do you ‘trust your gut’ when hiring or job hunting?
- Somewhat, I’m often right but I’ve been surprised before (36%, 3,363 Votes)
- Yes, when I have a bad feeling about someone, I walk away (33%, 3,064 Votes)
- Not really, I take my gut into account but I rely on evidence to decide (21%, 1,943 Votes)
- 100%, first impressions are all I need (4%, 374 Votes)
- Nope, I keep decisions strictly analytical (4%, 374 Votes)
- Honestly, I don’t really have a system (2%, 224 Votes)
Some comments from y’all:
- “I absolutely follow my gut reactions. Every time I have had a bad feeling and ignored it, the situation never went well.”
- “I used to trust my gut more but got ‘had’ a few times. Now I look for specific actions, behaviors, competency and character. Beware – confidence & competence are not the same.”
- “Hiring is more art than science, unfortunately. Many gut instinct picks work out, some don’t. And of course, you never know if the bad feeling you got was legitimate.”
- “I had an awkward interview experience with a major company, but it got me the job. Turned out to not be a good work experience for me and I should have picked up on that likelihood from the manager I interviewed with, who was then my boss for 2 years.”
- “My gut is a fairly good barometer most of the time. But there is a lot of BS being thrown around and you can’t always trust what is being pitched.”