Why Being the Last Interview of the Day Could Crush Your Chances

Sorry, grad school applicants. According to new Wharton research, not only must prospective students or job seekers compete against a crowded field of equally appealing candidates, but they also must shine when compared to the randomly selected cluster of applicants who have interviews scheduled on the same day. Read more.

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Passed Over for a Promotion? How Companies Can Retain the Runner-up

Losing out on a promotion is tough enough. But being passed over for a top-level position in favor of another candidate — either external or internal — can be a deal breaker for even the most loyal company soldiers. Read more.

When Values Collide, Consumers Speak with Their Wallets

The rubric used by the public when judging these incidents, they add, isn’t the same for nonprofit organizations as it is when it comes to for-profit companies. Charities are held to a higher standard regarding the words and actions of staff members, even if those words and actions aren’t directly related to its mission. The off-the-cuff remarks of an employee half a world away can have long-lasting reverberations on the success of a charity — and those kinds of public opinion quakes are hard to shake off. Read more.

Research Roundup: How Sex Cues Affect Sales

The clichéd pairing of a flashy sports car with an attractive woman in a bikini may be more than just an obvious attempt by advertisers to catch the eye of (usually male) car shoppers. It may be a way to tap into the brain’s perception centers and urge a consumer that buying this car right now is the best way to go, even if waiting a year would be a better financial move. Read more.

Note: the third segment of this research roundup article is my work.