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September 24, 2008

After you've read through the résumés and even Googled your interviewees, just looking at their eyes may give you the most information, says behavioral expert Jim George.

The founder of, George says, in an article in the September 29, 2008 issue of Woman's World, that there are facial "tells" that let you discern what a person is thinking by the direction they are glancing.

If the applicant looks to the upper left, you are probably hearing the truth, George maintains. "This eye movement helps access the brain area responsible for visual memories. So when someone looks to their left, they are truly reliving an event."

However, if you ask the applicant to elaborate on résumé items, and he or she keeps glancing to the upper right, take note. "When someone is making up a story, [his or her] eyes automatically shift to the upper right to access the part of the brain responsible for language and logic," says George. While this may not mean blatant lying, an explanation with some "fudge factor" may require the extra brainpower to sell it.

And blinking may be another clue to lying, says the Woman's World article, which also quotes body language expert Raymond C. McGraime as explaining that the subconscious mind often indicates discomfort with or shame about a subject with "super blinking." In fact, police officers and lawyers are routinely taught to look for this telltale sign of dishonesty.

Now, if you do make the job offer, and the applicant's pupils suddenly enlarge, he or she will probably accept, says the article, quoting a University of Chicago study that says a person's pupils automatically dilate when they experience positive feelings.

Source: Woman's World

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