The escalation of commitment

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2024

This is the tendency to continue investing in a candidate or a hiring decision, even if it is not working out or is not in our best interest. For example, if we have invested a lot of time and resources in a candidate who is not performing well, we may be more likely to give them more chances or support, rather than to cut our losses and move on. The escalation of commitment can cause us to make costly or ineffective hiring decisions, and it can lead us to overlook the value of flexibility, adaptability, or accountability in the hiring process.

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