Question of the Day

An interviewer truly enjoys interviewing because he feels as though it gives him the opportunity to make a difference in the world by helping individuals who are unemployed to find gainful employment.

Which of the following four interviewer biases/errors might this interviewer be most likely to experience?

A. Compassion

B. Urgency

C. Leniency

D. Recency


Answer C – In the context of interviewing, the leniency bias/error occurs when an interviewer applies an inappropriately lenient standard to one or more candidates, resulting in a higher overall assessment of the candidate.

Explanation: Compassion and urgency are not recognized as a legitimate interviewing bias/error. The recency error occurs when the interviewer recalls the most recently interviewed candidates more vividly than candidates who were interviewed earlier in the process.