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Identifying applicants Assessments, used in conjunction with interviews, are the best way to not only verify what the candidate tells you, but also to go deeper to understand the motivations of the prospective employee. (Photo: Shutterstock)

President Ronald Reagan borrowed a Russian proverb—trust but verify—to assuage hawks and peaceniks during the last throes of the Cold War. Politically, it was one of those diplomatically ambiguous statements designed to make all parties feel good: America would neither be too hard nor too soft with Soviet Union.

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