The thinking about likability in HR/recruiting circles goes something like this — all things being equal between two candidates, I will hire a candidate based on likability and fit.
I never believe that all things are equal between two candidates, and I don’t believe in social engineering the workforce around cultural fit, style, and learning preferences; however, I like to hire nice people.
How can you hire a nice person but avoid the trappings of sexism, racism, and other illegal behaviors? Can you hire someone who isn’t the strongest candidate but is 100% nicer than best and most qualified candidate?
What’s your personal likability threshold?