There Are Only Two Real Criteria To Judge Job Seekers On

If you’re out looking for a job it usually feels like you’re being judged on every little thing you do, have done or potentially will do in the future.

Interestingly enough, a Harvard professor discovered you’re actually only judged on two things. From a story on Yahoo:

People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating?

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions.

In her new book, Presence, Cuddy says people quickly answer two questions when they first meet you:

  • Can I trust this person?
  • Can I respect this person?

Psychologists refer to these dimensions as warmth and competence respectively, and ideally you want to be perceived as having both.

Interestingly, Cuddy says that most people, especially in a professional context, believe that competence is the more important factor. After all, they want to prove that they are smart and talented enough to handle your business.”

Getting the most out of an interview

Trust and respect. I’ll add that these are probably the two things you’re being judged on immediatelyfollowing the judging that gets done on your overall appearance, which is almost instantaneous! Let’s face it, we like to hire pretty people.

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by Tim Sackett


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