Job seekers may want to highlight their sense of humor as they try to find a new position, as candidates with a sense of humor are more likely to be hired, new research has found.
The study, conducted by CareerBuilder, 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 a job. Additionally, hiring managers said they are more likely to hire a candidate with whom they have something in common.
Employers also said they are likely to hire a candidate who is physically fit, on top of current affairs, involved in social media or knowledgeable about sports. [Read related article: 5 Kinds of People That Get Hired Most]
"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."
And even after a candidate is hired, he or she will continue to be evaluated, Haefner added.
"Employers will continuously assess personality, performance and behavior when considering prospects for promotions," she said. "You want to treat your current job like an extended interview for the next job you want in the company."
With that in mind, workers can take a number of steps to help improve their odds of getting a promotion. First and foremost, one-third of the employers surveyed said they are more likely to promote employees who have asked for a promotion in the past.
Additionally, hiring managers said there are several ways workers can hurt their chances of receiving a promotion. For instance, 71 percent of hiring managers said workers who say "That's not my job" will not get a promotion. Some other common mistakes that hurt employees' chances of a promotion include being late to work, lying, taking credit for other people's work and leaving work early. Moreover, workers who gossip, take liberties with expenses, don't dress professionally and swear are also unlikely to receive a promotion, the researchers say.
The research was based on the responses of more than 2,000 hiring mangers and HR professionals.