Heuristic of the Co-workers Opinion

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Heuristic of the Co-workers OpinionPeople make many judgments and decisions in their everyday lives, and occasionally they are well thought decisions and also logical. The decisions and judgments that people make are based on the beliefs regarding to the possibility of unsure events. Most people live in a world of constant deadlines and non stop stress. They often need heuristics, which is a mental rule of thumb or shortcut and biases as a way of steering through the large amounts of information, choices and decisions.

There are many different ways to look at my co-worker's decision and opinion that the candidate is not the right fit for the job. The representativeness heuristic may have played a role in my co-worker's decision that the candidate is not right for the job. The representativeness heuristic is when someone compares two objects that are similar to help make a better and well educated decision.

The representativeness heuristic commonly leads to a very predictable bias decision in certain situations (Fisk, 2002). I believe that my co-worker used the regression to the mean, a part of the representativeness heuristic to help him make his decision. The regression to the mean is an example of representativeness bias. My co-worker used the representativeness bias to make his decision on the fact that he believes the candidate is to not be as of high quality or as qualified as the prior employee in which the candidate is going to replace in the company. My co-worker also believes that a candidate must meet the high standards and qualifications of the previous employee in order to be hired in the position. Comparing the new candidates to the prior employee makes it extremely difficult to find candidates that meet those high standards and qualifications of the previous employee.

My co-worker used...