Bosses hire people they'd like to be friends with: Study

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, Last Updated: 12:36 PM ET

The details of your resume might not be as significant as whether you charm a prospective employer with your sparkling personality.

A new study has found that employers are more focused on hiring someone they'd like to spend time with than finding the most qualified candidate.

"Of course, employers are looking for people who have the baseline of skills to effectively do the job," study author Lauren A. Rivera of Northwestern University said in a press release.

"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 is based on 120 interviews with professionals involved in hiring at U.S. investment banks, law firms and management consulting firms. It was published in the American Sociological Review.

 

 


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