Imagine the orig­inal job inter­view. The first one ever, back on the pre­his­toric savan­nahs of eastern Africa. It wouldn’t have been exactly like a modern job inter­view, because early humans had no resumes or Linked-​​In or let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion to guide them. There was very little in the way of per­sonal or pro­fes­sional rep­u­ta­tion to go on, so in that sense the exchange was much trickier. But the fun­da­mental idea was the same: Somehow the inter­viewer had to judge, in a brief spot of time, if the appli­cant — a com­plete stranger — was worthy of trust.

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