The Psychology of Job Interviews I.

Paul Ekman technique

The lie is a problematic phenomenon. It can rarely be distinguished from the truth with 100% certainty. Paula Ekman's method is one of the most helpful techniques for interview conducting, with an up to 90% accuracy rate when used by professionals, Its tremendous advantage lies in its non-invasive approach - the candidate doesn't feel like they're being interrogated. The method is based on examining facial expressions of primary emotions. It teaches us to monitor the consistency and spontaneity of individual testimonies, helping to iden- tify so called HoT spots (parts of testimonies that may be incomplete or false) and address them with appropriate follow up questioning.

Ekman's method was both popularized and mystified by the American series Lie to Me. An introduction course of Psychology in Interview I. presents methods of reading primary emotions and other non-verbal (facial expressions and gestures) and paraverbal (voice and style of answering) traits of expression. Through video tutorials we will examine behavioral analysis and expand ourability to understand other people's styles of communication. We will also look at specific questions and strategies that can be helpful for conducting an interview.

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What you learn in the course

  • Reading emotions from facial expressions by P. Ekman (subtle, macro and micro emotional expressions).
  • Model of disguising and fabricating -how emotional and cognitive stress is displayed when lying.
  • The golden rules of uncovering lies.
  • Analysis of the consistency and spontaneity of the 5 communication channels (face, body, voice, style and content).
  • Practice of identifying inconsistencies in communication-technique of HoT Spot observation.
  • Video analysis.
  • Practical exercises using the Ekman method to conduct interviews.

The course is recommended for

  • Recruiters, HR specialists, chiefs and managers

Goals of the course

  • Learning to observe even minor demonstrations of emotional and cognitive stress while interviewing a candidate.
  • Improving the ability to perceive when information is being concealed or fabricated.
  • Polishing the style of questioning in order to verify inconsistencies.


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  • Can you do your course directly for our company in our branch office?

    Yes, our lectors will be glad to go to your company, instruct you and they will be also happy to adapt the course content to your needs. We also offer tailor-made courses and consultations.
  • Do you organize courses only in Czech republic or also abroad?

    Our lectors have courses including Czech republic as well abroad (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Malta etc.)
  • Where are your courses held?

    Our courses are held in the heart of Prague on Wenceslaw Square in the Palace Koruna. Exceptionally there are courses in Brno or in other cities.

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Jan J. Ženatý

Jan J. Ženatý

Jan is a psychologist, consultant, coach and trainer with more than 12 years of experience. He managed a team of experts at QED Group. He supported companies during mergers and acquisitions, helped to implement changes to company cultures and organized hundreds of trainings for managers and specialists in Europe, USA, Canada and Asia. Jan is an accredited trainer by Paul Ekman International.