Bias for action

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Bias for action
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Bias for action - this is an appropriate mindset focusing on a proactive approach to the problems encountered. This is used in particular to make a decision without first analyzing the problem. A person in a particular position does not carry out a given analysis and does not try to obtain any information. It works on a "just do it"; basis. It is important to submit to your intuition and experience every time. This is commonly referred to as a drive motor for operation. This is due to the fact that the person taking the action does not need additional motivation, but acts under the influence of an impulse. This is positive because of the fact that decisions can be taken quickly. Nevertheless, there is a greater risk of error.

Measuring bias for action during recruitment interviews

The ability to take decisions quickly is particularly important for management positions. The people employed in such a position should be able to take the initiative. Even if they don't have all the information they need, they should be able to make the right decision. Therefore, they are checked at the appropriate assessment center and assigned tasks that require a proactive approach. However, it is also analyzed during such tasks whether, having incomplete information, they will try to solve the problem themselves. It is used in particular for:

  • Stressful situations
  • Emergency;
  • Unexpected meetings.

However, these behaviors are not always desirable. Well, very often precision and accuracy are more important than responsive reactions to upcoming problems. As the literature points out, it does not always pay off to make hasty decisions at the end of the day. Many emotional mistakes have had a negative impact on the company itself or on the team. This is, therefore, a desirable characteristic, but the candidate must not be completely unrealistic[1].

Bias for action in stress situations

Stressful situations manifest themselves, among other things, when a person is not able to follow a particular model of action. At this point in time, she makes decisions that are rash and not fully thought through. In the bias for action philosophy, it is important that he is able to make the best decision in a given situation at any time on the basis of his life experience. With this in mind, he will be required to take a proactive approach and make intuitive decisions. However, it will show that it is immune to the stress that is daily in work requiring human management and decision making. Therefore, having this feature as a natural condition of character is very important[2]. However, if the person does not use this method, there is a chance that they will be absorbed by stress and will not be able to cope with the task assigned to them. Then you probably bring many unfavorable solutions for your business[3].


  1. Li, N., Harris, T. B., Boswell, W. R., Xie, Z., (2011), p.1317–1327
  2. G. Ortega, B. Sumer, A. Ozyurek, (2014), p.1114-1116
  3. Li W., Fay D., Frese M., Harms P., Gao X., (2014), p.948-952


Author: Kinga Adamska