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This is all pretty hyperbolic. And NO-ONE applies to you too, you are vested in the belief your candidate is a genius, especially when you pulled strings to get him in.

As long as you are thinking in absolute truths, you are missing the point imo. There is a set of good candidates for a given moment, and context, and the idea is to increase the percentage picked from that pool. The cost of missing someone from the good pool is also far smaller than picking a bad candidate.

Anecdotes of rock stars, and 10x programmers just further muddy the waters. Because those guys are the 0.1% and will be fine either way.

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