The Secret to Getting That Job?
In today's competitive job market, candidates need every advantage they can get to stand out from the crowd. It seems that one simple but effective way to do this is by smiling during a job interview. Recent research has found that smiling candidates are perceived as more "hireable" than those who present a serious or sombre expression.
According to the study's authors, a smile exudes confidence and willingness, both of which are highly desirable traits in a potential employee. This is supported by the fact that participants in the study viewed fake LinkedIn profiles and rated smiling candidates as more attractive and likely to be hired.
Attractiveness is well known to be a beneficial factor in getting others to warm to an individual with so-called “pretty person privilege” repeatedly found by previous studies to be a real thing.
In a follow-up experiment, the researchers used mouse-tracking to get a more detailed insight into participants' thought processes. The results showed that smiling candidates scored higher than non-smiling candidates, providing further evidence of the positive impact of a smile on hireability.
However, it's important to note that this preference for positive facial expressions may disadvantage individuals with mental health conditions who may struggle with emotional expression or regulation. Study leader Sabrina Chan from the University of Toronto suggests that candidates use a sincere smile during the interview rather than forcing one that comes across as insincere or inauthentic.
In conclusion, candidates who want to ace their job interviews should consider the power of a smile. Not only does it convey confidence and willingness, but it also creates a positive first impression that can make all the difference in securing that dream job.