I am guessing that you ask a wide variety of questions at interview to assess the candidates suitability for the role but I am pretty certain that one you won’t be asking is what Internet browser they use.

It seems that a recent survey carried out looking at a variety of factors found that there was a correlation between the Internet browser a person used and the length of time that they stayed with the organisation. Those using Firefox and Chrome tended to outstay their Internet Explorer counterparts.

“we have found that Chrome and Firefox users are the best employees. They perform better on virtually every metric and stay longer.”
Michael Housman, chief analytics officer for Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand analysed data from 50,000 people that took an online assessment via its software and found that those that had chosen to install a different browser to the one supplied with the operating system (Internet Explorer for Windows and Safari to Mac) stayed 15 percent longer.

Housman, speaking on the Freakonomics Radio Podcast, said “my personal view is that I think that the fact that you took the time to install Firefox on your computer shows us something about you. It shows that you’re someone who is an informed consumer. It shows us that you care about your productivity. And you’ve made an active choice to do something that wasn’t default, that wasn’t handed to you.”

Given that hiring can be a costly business anything that extends the time an individual remains with an organisation is worth knowing. Is it time to rethink the questions that you are asking applicants?

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