How we can use the hiring process to bring out the best in people | The Way We Work, a TED series

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Duress is a type of pressure that is used to force someone to do something that they don't want to do. Sometimes duress is used in criminal investigations to try to get a person to confess to a crime that they didn't commit.

  • The detectives were using duress to try to get the suspect to confess.
  • The victim was under duress when the attacker threatened her.

Likable is adjective which means that someone is pleasant to be around. They are usually friendly and easy to get along with.

  • She is a very likable person, and everyone seems to like her.
  • He is a very likable person, and everyone seems to like him.

A talkative person is usually very chatty. They are always talking, and they don't usually stop for a minute.

  • He was a very talkative person, and it was difficult to have a conversation with him.
  • She was a very talkative person, and it was difficult to have a conversation with her.

To overlook something is to not pay attention to it. Sometimes people overlook things because they are too busy or they don't think that it's important.

  • The teacher overlooked the fact that the student was not wearing a seatbelt.
  • The city overlooks the fact that there are a lot of abandoned buildings.

Interviewers are people who are hired to ask questions and to evaluate candidates. They are usually hired by companies to find new employees or to hire new employees.

  • The interviewer asked a lot of difficult questions, which made it difficult for the candidate to answer.
  • The interviewer was very polite and respectful, which made the candidate feel comfortable.

Conducive means helpful or favorable. When something is conducive, it makes the situation easier or more favorable.

  • The weather is conducive to camping.
  • The new law is conducive to the business.

Lifelines are things that help you stay alive. Lifelines can be things like ropes or nets, or they can be people.

  • Without the lifelines, the person would have died.
  • The nets were designed to help the crew stay alive in case of a shipwreck.

To convincingly do something is to make people believe that you are actually doing what you are saying. You might convincingly argue your case or convincingly perform your act.

  • He convincingly argued his case to the judge.
  • She convincingly performed her act on stage.

marginalized people are those who are treated unfairly or who are not treated fairly in comparison to others. They often have to fight for their rights and be very vocal about what they believe in.

  • The marginalized group is often ignored or marginalized in the political system.
  • The marginalized group is often persecuted or marginalized in the social system.