The Amazing Brain: Part I

Best tips to atrract tech talent
Margie Zylbersztejn-Zonana
3 min read | June 9, 2023

LNRD’s Matching Analyst Margie works to surface True Fit between talents and companies. And her side game as an ontological coach supports her role; she’s able to help people better achieve their goals by demystifying inaccurate conclusions they’ve internalized over the years so they can have new beliefs of who they are.

We’ve asked her to impart some of her wisdom regarding the amazing brain and the power it has in the hiring process.
Take it away Margie…

“So — the brain is far from simple but let me describe some of its functions simply using the Three Brain Theory (triune brain).

Neocortex: “rational brain”

Limbic: “emotional brain”

Reptilian: “survival brain”

Think of it as if you were on a boat and one of these three always has to steer.

The Neocortex is in charge most of the time, making plans, listening to everybody, drives the desire to build teams, having a goal, and methodologically looking into the future horizon.

The Limbic system is guided by sunny days. When the weather is beautiful this brain is in charge, but when it becomes cloudy or windy, it prefers to go below deck to prepare everything before the storm. It will look at the map constantly to find the good weather, even if it means sailing in circles. This brain is only looking to feel good.

When the boat hits a storm, the Reptilian complex is a great navigator because it has the best experience in crises, but it doesn’t listen to anybody and therefore doesn’t have a lot of friends. Actually the crew only lets it drive in emergencies or occasionally during the day, but mostly the survival brain is just reviewing the boats needs.

When we are in an interview situation, the Neocortex brings beautiful costumes to everybody, and ensures that in order for ‘the plan’ to go well, we have to behave and let this part of our brain talk. But the truth is that even though the Neocortex seems to be the leader, more often than not, we feel threatened by the interview and the Limbic and the Reptilian hijack the steering wheel.

They don’t let us think clearly, instead sending escape messages. Our limbic brain starts to break all equilibrium, even bringing tears to our eyes and our reptilian brain looks for every possible exit. It’s a form of stage fright.

In a life threatening situation this is what we need, but in an interview, if the two brains have tied and gagged our Neocortex, this is the worst thing that can happen. Why? We stop planning, stop dreaming about the future, we stop communicating appropriately; we cannot demonstrate our beautiful talents and skills or even answer a simple question. Our thoughts start overlapping each other, blurring our clarity.

When this happens in an interview accompanied by the fact we still use resumes, we clearly fail to show our 3D selves and it could be the reason why people are rejected for roles they’re suited for.

This is why is offering a new way for you to show your real talent.

I’ll discuss next time what happens in an interview when only the Neocortex talks…”

Thanks Margie!!