When considering candidates for competitive job opportunities, the decision is often difficult for employers. You might be neck and neck with other equally qualified applicants.
So what exactly makes the difference?
CareerBuilder conducted a study to determine the factors that play a part in determining who, when candidates are perceived as equal, gets hired. More than 2,000 employers contributed to the survey; here is what they said:
- Having a better sense of humor (27 percent).
- Being involved in your community (26 percent).
- Being better dressed (22 percent).
- Having more in common with the employer (21 percent).
- Being more physically fit (13 percent).
- Understanding current affairs and pop culture (8 percent).
- Being more involved in social media (7 percent).
- Being more knowledgeable about sports (4 percent).
If you want to use these results to your advantage, make them relevant in your next job interview. Bring a little bit of your sense of humor, be ready to articulate your volunteer activities and dress for success. You don’t have to cover all these qualities, of course… but do get a sense from the employer to see if these qualities might be beneficial within their existing culture.
Your goal: do a better job at demonstrating these qualities than your job seeking competition.
The study also looked at reasons candidates could be taken out of the running for a promotion. One-third of employers said they are more likely to promote an employee who has been vocal about asking for a promotion in the past. However, there are also several behaviors employers identified as red flags.
Their responses included:
- Saying, “that’s not my job” (71 percent).
- Being often late (69 percent).
- Having lied at work (68 percent).
- Taking credit for other people’s work (64 percent).
- Often leaving work early (55 percent).
- Taking liberties with expenses charged back to the company (55 percent).
- Gossiping (46 percent).
- Not dressing professionally (35 percent).
- Swearing (30 percent).
- Not saying anything in meetings (22 percent).
- Crying at work (9 percent).
- Dating a coworker (8 percent).
Avoid all these behaviors if you want to impress potential and current employers. To land any job or promotion, you need to have respect, integrity, and show you are capable of the responsibilities of the role. Any of these behaviors will immediately tell employers you’re not the right candidate. Someone else will get the job instead.
Take note of the most important qualities to possess and the most important behaviors to avoid. The way you present yourself in an interview or in the workplace will make or break your chance at the job you want.
What do you think about the results of the study? Has your community service, sense of humor or knowledge of current events helped you land a job instead of someone else?
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About the Author: Jule Gamache is a senior at Penn State studying public relations with a minor in Spanish. Before becoming a content creator trainee, Jule was the public relations research assistant at Come Recommended. She has experience in public relations, social media, blogging, research, and marketing from multiple internships and student organizations. Follow Jule on Twitter!
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