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What hiring managers look at may be surprising

August 28 2013

Skills and experience may be essential, but employers may also take other factors into account such as a sense of humor, eye for fashion or knowledge of pop culture, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.

The survey included 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries. They were asked, "If they had two equally qualified candidates, which factors would make them more likely to consider one candidate over the other?" Here are their responses:

  • The candidate with a better sense of humor, 27 percent
  • The candidate who is involved in his or her community, 26 percent
  • The candidate who is better dressed, 22 percent
  • The candidate who I have more in common with, 21 percent
  • The candidate who is more physically fit, 13 percent
  • The candidate who is more on top of current affairs and pop culture, 8 percent
  • The candidate who is more involved in social media, 7 percent
  • The candidate who is knowledgeable about sports, 7 percent


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Julian Martinez09/11/2013 11:34 am

Great article; believe this will help curve some missteps from applicants not being able to make it over that last hump to land their ideal job.

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