Trust your gut or trust your brain?

I’ve worked as a recruiter and I’ve applied for many jobs. I’ve been on both sides of the table. The feeling you have about the person interviewing you is very important.

I remember one of my very first job interviews. I was just a student. I remember I instantly disliked the manager I was about to work with. And even if I say so myself, I’m not a difficult person. I get a long with people easily and there’s very little that gets on my nerves. But this guy was so haughty and harsh. But he was to the point, he said the right words, he promised the right things. And I figured it was just a different style. And how difficult could this job be? I went against my gut feeling and accepted the job. It only took me 3 months to realise this guy did not walk the talk at all. He was poisoning the atmosphere at work and undermining my motivation all along.

This got me thinking about intuition. When do you know if you need to think something through rationally? And when do you follow your gut? And how do you know what’s what? Is there such thing as intuition in business? Or in life?


I dislike all things too spiritual, but haven’t we all witnessed a moment in life where we thought: I knew it. I felt it. I couldn’t have known it. I didn’t listen to myself. Or: I’m so glad I did what I knew I had to do.

In an article by Inc., it says you should listen to your gut “if your gut has a good track record.” Is states your gut could be “rooted in anxiety, or fear of change, or something else entirely. So it’s important to be honest with yourself about all your feelings about a situation, so that you can try to separate that stuff out.”

That makes sense, right? You have to be sure you’re not reacting out of fear or being impulsive about important decisions.

In an article in the Harvard Business Review, author John Lees is quoted: “The primary reason people leave a job is because of either a mismatch in culture or a boss who drives them up the wall”.

Here’s a few do’s and don’ts the article also states:


  • Pay attention to how the manager treats you throughout the interview process
  • Research the manager, and if possible find former employees to ask for their perspective
  • Request to spend a half-day at the organisation so you can interact with your potential colleagues and boss


  • Ignore your gut instincts about the manager as you go through the interview process
  • Ask direct questions about leadership style — you’re unlikely to get an honest answer, and they might signal that you don’t want the job
  • Neglect to look up your potential boss’s social media profiles”





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