Why Some Candidates are Hired Over Others.
A survey conducted by Harris Interactive in May and June of 2013 included 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals from across industries. The intent was to find out that given two candidates with the same credentials, what other deciding factors would they consider in order to select one over the other. Here's what they said:
- The person with the better sense of humour: 27%
- Involved in his/her community: 26%
- better dressed: 22%
- the interviewer had more in common with: 21%
- can discuss current affairs and pop culture trends: 8%
- more connected in social media: 7%
- knows about sports: 4%
- more physically fit: 13%
I think it all depends on the job and who the interviewers think would be appropriate to fulfill the job's responsibilities. We'd all like to believe that we'd be hired primarily because of our knowledge/skill in a particular field but the truth of the matter is that the soft skills are just as important. Companies are looking for potential employees who will fit into their company culture. At the interview, the company is assessing more than the potential employee's credentials and work experience, thy're looking for someone who can become a part of their team, so personality and fit really matter.
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