Based on a research paper, the theory goes that if the successful candidate felt indebted to the hiring manager, they will work harder to compensate for their perceived lack of ability.
Reader Jeff Tapp made an interesting point in response:
Does this mean highly qualified job applicants should downplay their confidence level to insure the hiring manager sees a diamond in the rough? – Jeff Tapp
What do you think?
We reported on a European theory that a job candidate who genuinely believes he or she is a mediocre pick may be a good pick.