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From Anchor Tony McEwing

Got Humor, Get Hired

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I've known for some time that being qualified for a job or even being the best qualified doesn't necessarily mean you'll be hired. Employers look at a wide range of things when deciding whether to choose one person or another. Of course there are no hard and fast rules and a lot depends on the position for which you're applying. But just being competent at something often isn't good enough, particularly these days when the competition is especially fierce.

So what exactly do employers look for when deciding to hire someone other than a person's qualifications? A new survey by CareerBuilder offers some insight. The online nationwide study was actually conducted by Harris Interactive and included nearly 2,100 hiring managers and human resource professionals across a variety of industries. Employers were asked, if they have two equally qualified candidates, what factors would make them consider hiring one person over another? Here are some of their responses:

  • The candidate with the better sense of humor - 27%
  • The candidate involved in his or her community - 26%
  • The candidate who is better dressed - 22%
  • The candidate I have more in common with - 21%
  • The candidate who is more physically fit - 13%
  • The candidate more on top of current affairs - 8%
  • The candidate more involved in social media - 7%
  • The candidate more knowledgeable about sports - 4%

The study also revealed the top reason people who are hired don't get promoted. A whopping 71% of employers say they are not inclined to promote someone who says, "that's not my job."

The message of the survey isn't that qualifications don't matter much. Of course they do. The key is to sell yourself  above and beyond just being able to perform the required duties. And once you do secure that job, moving "up" in the company may require moving "out" of your comfort zone in the position for which you were hired.

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