People tend to rely on their instincts, but gut feelings are unreliable, according to Mary Ellen O'Toole, author of "Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us." "Most people know not to trust their guts to help them navigate a car while blindfolded because they know that their guts are faulty," O'Toole says. One time your gut may fail you is when deciding who to hire. Instead, ask questions about issues the applicant may have had with colleagues or customers in the past so you have a chance to look for red flags, she advises.

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