January 31, 2013
Employers are more likely to hire people they fancy, researchers claim, as they find "leisure pursuits, background and self-presentation" are more important than skills.
Women in the workplace have fought a long battle to prove their skills, experience and CV are the only keys to their success.
But their efforts may have been in vain, as a study find good looks, a winning smile and a little gentle flirtation may be the key to securing a job after all.
Bosses would rather hire someone they find attractive and enjoy spending time with than the perfectly-qualified candidate, it has been claimed香港谷歌优化
They would rather employ someone "who will be their friend or maybe even their romantic partner”, with whom they feel a "spark”, researchers have suggested.
A study, conducted by American sociologists, has found interviewers at banking, law and management consultancy firms consistently prefer applicants they "feel good around”.
More than half of employers claim attractiveness, the right social background and how candidates spend their leisure time are the most important considerations when hiring, it is claimed.
Dr Lauren Rivera, from Northwestern University in the United States, found interviewers often put their personal feelings of comfort, acceptance and excitement first.
Half of those studied ranked "cultural fit” as the most important criterion at job interview stage, meaning they were more likely to hire someone with the same "leisure pursuits, background and self-presentation” as current staff.
"Of course employers are looking for people who have the baseline of skills to effectively do the job,” she said.
"But, beyond that, employers really want people who they will bond with, who they will feel good around, who will be their friend and maybe even their romantic partner.
"As a result, employers don't necessarily hire the most skilled candidates."
The study, based on 120 interviews and published in the American Sociological Review, is the first investigation of its kind into whether shared culture between employers and job candidates matters.
January 24, 2013
If you do someone a good turn today, don't expect a thank you. ‘Cheers', ‘ta' or even ‘wicked' is the more likely response, if a survey is to be believed.
Research among computer users suggests that the traditional expression of gratitude has fallen by the wayside.
Almost half of those polled said they now use ‘cheers' more often than ‘thank you嬰兒配方奶粉'.
Four out of ten said ‘thank you' sounded too formal - so they used more catchy, chatty words such as ‘fab', ‘lovely' or ‘wicked'.
A third said they would often just resort to a quick wave instead of saying ‘thank you'.
And 77 percent said that any of the words used to say thanks were irrelevant, believing a pleasant gesture works just as well.
The poll of 3,000 people was carried out by the online gift store Me to You.
Spokesman Caroline Weaver said: ‘While the great British public might feel uncomfortable saying thank you these days, they do like to show their gratitude in other waysDecorative Works.
‘Respondents felt it didn't matter how you thanked someone for their kind actions, as long as you did so in a friendly and polite way.
‘At the end of the day everyone knows that a big smile and some form of acknowledgment is all it takes to show we are grateful.'
According to the survey, two thirds of respondents believed Britain was a ‘rude' nation and 84 percent think others should make more of an effort to show appreciation天然面膜
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