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The interview is an essential part of a successful hiring program because, with it, job applicants who have personalities that are unsuited to the requirements of the job will be eliminated from consideration.

The argument above logically depends on which of the following assumptions?

(A) A hiring program will be successful if it includes interviews.
(B) The interview is a more important part of a successful hiring program than is the development of a job description.
(C) Interviewers can accurately identify applicants whose personalities are unsuited to the requirements of the job.
(D) The only purpose of an interview is to evaluate whether job applicants’ personalities are suited to the requirements of the job.
(E) The fit of job applicants’ personalities to the requirements of the job was once the most important factor in making hiring decisions
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A - We cannot conclude that. There are other factors.
B - Out of scope.
C - It explains why interviews are important. - Correct.
D - Too extreme.
E - This information cannot be supported by the argument.
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I picked C...not that difficult

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A Straight C.

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An easy C. Did it in less than a minute. We need to pick an option which negates the conclusion. C does that.
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Quite an easy one. C is the answer.
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C without flaws.

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I have chosen the answer C:

A. This cannot be concluded by looking at the argument. It seems to suggest that if you have interviews, the program will be 100% successful.

B. Nowhere is the prioritization mentioned.

C. This is the correct answer. It is an assumption to support the premise "job applications who have personalities that are unsuited to the requirements of the job will be eliminated from consideration." Without this assumption, there would be a major flaw in the argument.

D. "The ONLY purpose" is a very extreme answer. From the passage, it is not a guarantee that the only reason to perform an interview is to evaluate an individuals personality.

E. "Was once" makes it sound like personality is not as important as it used to be. Also, you cannot be sure that it used to be the most important factor in making hiring decisions.

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+ 1 C

Agree with 'Metallicafan' explanation. C is the best option
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The interview is an essential part of a successful hiring program because, with it, job applicants who have personalities that are unsuited to the requirements of the job will be eliminated from consideration.
The argument above logically depends on which of the following assumptions?
(A) A hiring program will be successful if it includes interviews.
(B) The interview is a more important part of a successful hiring program than is the development of a job description.
(C) Interviewers can accurately identify applicants whose personalities are unsuited to the requirements of the job.
(D) The only purpose of an interview is to evaluate whether job applicants’ personalities are suited to the requirements of the job.
(E) The fit of job applicants’ personalities to the requirements of the job was once the most important factor in making hiring decisions.
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Clear Answer C: It passes negation test, bridges the logical gap between premise and conclusion and provide additional info.
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The interview is an essential part of a successful hiring program because, with it, job applicants who have personalities that are unsuited to the requirements of the job will be eliminated from consideration.

The argument above logically depends on which of the following assumptions?

The main point of this argument is that the interview is essential. The rest of the question tells us why.

(A) A hiring program will be successful if it includes interviews.
the main point is about the interview being essential and not about the success of a hiring program. Therefore, adding this to the argument is not going to strengthen it. :(

(B) The interview is a more important part of a successful hiring program than is the development of a job description.
if inserted as a premise, this statement does not strengthen the argument. :(

(C) Interviewers can accurately identify applicants whose personalities are unsuited to the requirements of the job.
this statement effectively strengthens the argument and is an example of a 'new idea'. Basically, this is a defender type assumption that if not included in the main stem lets people attack the argument on the grounds that interviewers may not be able to accurately identify suitable personalities for the job. If this were the case, then it can be shown that the interview is not really essential to the hiring process. :)

(D) The only purpose of an interview is to evaluate whether job applicants’ personalities are suited to the requirements of the job.
this is an extreme statement and one should always be wary of these on the GMAT. Also, this statement does not strengthen the argument. :(

(E) The fit of job applicants’ personalities to the requirements of the job was once the most important factor in making hiring decisions.
this statement to an extent weakens the argument a little. It implies that the applicant personality is not the most important factor anymore. Thus, one could question the importance of the interview in the hiring process. :(

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On prethinking : p1: Interview essential to hiring of candidates --> job applicatins who are suited to the job requirements are considered rest eliminated .

So someone / interview must be able to see through and make this decision ... so i marked C ?
Which is indeed correct .
But i confused with D , it also seems correct only for the word "Only" - Which makes it too strong a statement ? Can you please guide me through this ?

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On prethinking : p1: Interview essential to hiring of candidates --> job applicatins who are suited to the job requirements are considered rest eliminated .

So someone / interview must be able to see through and make this decision ... so i marked C ?
Which is indeed correct .
But i confused with D , it also seems correct only for the word "Only" - Which makes it too strong a statement ? Can you please guide me through this ?


Hi Shelrod,

Option D seems to strengthen the argument. IT also provides new information that is not there in the argument.

But an assumption must satisfy three characteristics. Option D satisfies the two as I mentioned above. What is the third characteristic?

The third characteristic is that an assumption must be true for the conclusion to hold true. So, if we negate the assumption, the our belief in the conclusion must gets shattered. Ok.

Now, let's negate option D.

To evaluate whether job applicants’ personalities are suited to the requirements of the job is not the only purpose of an interview.

So, there are possibly other purposes of an interview. But does that decrease or shatter your belief in the conclusion that an interview must be an essential part of successful hiring program?

The answer is NO. Just because an interview serves more than purpose does not make it any less likely to be an essential part of a successful hiring program. On the other hand, if an interview serves more than one purpose, then it seems more likely that it should be a part of the successful hiring program.

So, the negated option D does not shatter or decrease the belief in the conclusion.

Therefore, option D is not an assumption.

Does this help?

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