The fundamental attribution error

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2024

This is the tendency to attribute other people's behavior or outcomes to their personal characteristics or dispositions, rather than to the situational or environmental factors that may have influenced them. For example, if a candidate performs poorly in an interview, we may be more likely to attribute it to their lack of intelligence or motivation, rather than to the stress or anxiety of the situation. The fundamental attribution error can cause us to make unfair or inaccurate judgments about candidates, and it can lead us to overlook the value of training, support, or feedback in their development and success.

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