Devils Horns

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Definition: Devils Horns

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Dictionary Definition

In recruitment interviews or performance appraisals, Devils Horns refers to the tendency of managers or interviewers to overemphasise an undesirable personality trait or past event in the applicant’s or interviewee’s history. This tendency directly contrasts with the halo effect (which is based on the concept of a saint’s halo).

Full Definition of Devils Horns

The devil’s horn effect, closely related to the halo effect, is a form of cognitive bias that causes one’s perception of another to be unduly influenced by a single negative trait.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Devils Horns are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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