Here is the common scenario playing out in companies across the country. There is a job posted and the front office is full of potential employees. As the receptionist, you get to see firsthand the nervousness of some and the game face of others. You see people of all ages, builds, races and lifestyles. If you were that receptionist, sitting in that office, could you accurately predict who would leave hired and who would still be unemployed? It is sometimes hard to predict which way the job seeking wind will blow, but there are some commonalities amongst the hired. Are you one of the five types of people who are most likely to get hired? You could be. Find out if you are at an advantage or if you may need to make some changes to win that dream job.
Undoubtedly, the good-looking will have something extra going for them. If an employer had to choose between two candidates with equal experience, both with good credentials and references, the handsome guy or pretty girl would usually win. Having someone pleasant to look at is nice, even if you have no unscrupulous intentions. The moral of this story is to look as attractive as possible. Whiten your teeth, get a nice haircut and workout a little. Look as handsome or pretty as possible.
Here is the guy or gal who is not the most handsome, but who has it in “aces” when it comes to confidence. For whatever reason, this person is not nervous in his or her skin even if he or she is a few pounds overweight. Confidence speaks volumes to the interviewer. Being confident is a leadership ability that can be learned, but it is more desirable if it is a natural trait. Be careful though. There is a fine line between confident and arrogant.
The shaker is the guy or gal who has been at the helm of some pretty amazing moves. He was involved with XYZ company when they expanded their digital market. She cut the red ribbon at a ground breaking for her previous company’s new wing. The shaker is someone who has experienced some prior moderate business success. He brings positive experience to the table and is a natural born leader. However, if the person being interviewed is overqualified, the interviewer may feel a little threatened. Ease up on the self praise and only tell what is important to get the job.
Even if she is wet behind the ears, she has a good education. In many companies, education matters. People with a good education, certifications, additional training or specific training are seen as assets to a company. These people have an upper hand on the ladder during the interview.
Regardless of your great credentials, if you are not likable, you will not get the job. Employers hire people they like to be around. Be likable. Do this by being friendly, but not too personal. Share some information, but respect the line drawn between business and personal. The “like factor” may play a role in your hiring process.