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“coolly competent, the interviewee enters. her handshake is firm, her gaze unwavering. her answers are curt and unvarnished. she’s confident. she can get the job done, no doubt about that. but is she a nice person?”“warmly incompetent, the interviewee enters. she smiles nervously, but warms to the interview quickly. she speaks in fits and starts, but always with a big smile. she’s a nice person. but can she get the job done?”coolly competent, or warmly incompetent?according to research done by amy cuddy, first impressions are binary. “we look first at two characteristics: how lovable they are (their warmth, communion, or trustworthiness) and how fearsome they are (their strength, agency, or competence)”.we do this to answer a rather important question: whether or not your new acquaintance is a threat. threats aren’t so prevalent nowadays. you’re rather less likely to be slain by a marauding tribesman. but our hunter-gatherer brains haven’t caught up. so, when we assess a stranger, we’re looking for danger signs.consider the first interviewee. reading the description, many of you may admire her. she’s certainly got ability. but her lack of warmth triggers the ‘danger’ alarm. the interviewer goes into ‘avoidance’ mode, trying to get away from the threat in front of them. despite seeing their obvious competence, they begin to find reasons to dislike the interviewee. so, even though the interviewee can do the job well, they don’t get it.cuddy ...