Re: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
In economics, you can easily follow patters and correlations because you are mainly dealing with mathematics and facts that follow certain logic in the realm of how economics work as a whole. There, you can look into historical data, and then you might use also predictive analytics to forecast an economical outcome that may be at enterprise or global level.
However, when you want to understand the dynamics that govern the interactions between employers and potential employees you can't rely on the same principles you used in economics. Here, you need to look into socio-dynamics. Yet, it's not as simple as it sounds due to the fact that every individual is govern also by unstructured bits, i.e. emotions and feelings. These are not always conscious, thus is not easy to predict how it will mix with the aspects of the interview. Then we should look into how emotional intelligence works.
What you say about the screening process is interesting, indeed. In part, all that might have led to the present interwing stage mode. Why? Because time is money, and employers surely want to shorten the time it takes them to select a potential employee. Therefore, all the individual characteristics and values of an applicant will be sadly ignored since having a real and personalized interview with 100 applicants leads to a longer process.
So, they simplify the process by using the "right questions and answers" format that, at the end of the day, serves no one since it's just a matter of performing an act, please the interviewers so they don't have to do any extra thinking, which will lead to checking the right boxes that will give the right points to the lucky applicant. Some robot interviewers could do a better job.