Many characteristics that you may not have considered to be relevant are influential in deciding which candidates get hired after the job interview process.  The following article discusses some of these unexpected aspects which may make or break your job interview. Useful for anyone to know…

Who gets hired: Why employers select one candidate over another

by Peter Harris

A new survey of over 2,000 hiring managers has turned up some unexpected factors that can determine which candidates get hired most often. It’s not all about your skills and experiences.

While, of course, your qualifications to actually do the job are essential for being hired, it turns out that many employers also look at numerous other, less practical attributes when selecting a candidate. Having a good sense of humour can give a candidate a 27% better chance of being hired. Being better dressed than the other candidates boosts your odds of landing the gig by 22%.

For this survey employers were asked, if they were considering two candidates with the same credentials, which factors would influence them to choose one candidate over the other.

Here’s what they said:

The candidate with the better sense of humor – 27%

 The candidate who is involved in his or her community – 26%

 The candidate who is better dressed – 22%

 The candidate who the interviewer has more in common with – 21%

 The candidate who is more physically fit – 13%

 A candidate who can discuss current affairs and pop culture trends – 8%

A candidate who is more connected in social media – 7%

A candidate who knows about sports – 4%

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