NEW YORK: Tickling the funny bone of your interviewer may land you the job! Job candidates with a sense of humour are more likely to be hired, a new study has found.

The research also found that when two equally qualified candidates were compared, those who were involved in their community and those who were better dressed were more likely to get the job.

Also, managers said that they were more likely to hire candidates with whom they had something in common.

They also said they were likely to hire a candidate who was physically fit, on top of current affairs, involved in social media or knowledgeable about sports, according to the study conducted by CareerBuilder.

“When you’re looking for a job, the key is selling your personal brand,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.

“Employers are not only looking for people who are professionally qualified for the position, but also someone who is going to fit in at the office,” Haefner said.

The research was based on the responses of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals, ‘BusinessNewsDaily’ reported.

One-third of the employers surveyed also said they were more likely to promote employees who asked for a promotion.

Additionally, hiring managers said there were several ways workers could hurt their chances of receiving a promotion. For example, 71 per cent of hiring managers said workers who said, “That’s not my job” would not get a promotion.

Some other common mistakes that hurt employees’ chances of a promotion included being late to work, lying, taking credit for other people’s work and leaving work early.

Moreover, workers who gossiped, took liberties with expenses, didn’t dress professionally and swore were also unlikely to receive promotion, the researchers said.

source: times of India