Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Narcissists Best Suited for Job Interview Success

Well, this should come as no surprise, especially considering the state of our globe. Narcissists, who are most likely to find employment it appears, no doubt, run the show. Being the first in line for job, to be sure they're first in line for promotions, and therefore, climb the ladder, quickly.

The business workplace is tailor made for the superficial charm of the vain and overly self-involved.

This is because narcissists come across as being confident, and engaging when speaking. Narcissists are also able to promote themselves in the interview setting as well.

"This is one setting where it's OK to say nice things about yourself and there are no ramifications. In fact, it’s expected,” Peter Harms, assistant professor of management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and co-author of the study, said. "Simply put, those who are comfortable doing this tend to do much better than those who aren't."

Narcissists were also highly rated because of their use of gestures and smiles. These gestures and actions were determined to further establish the likability and credibility of the interviewee in the eyes of the interviewer.

“This shows that what is getting (narcissists) the win is the delivery,” Harms said. “These results show just how hard it is to effectively interview, and how fallible we can be when making interview judgments. We don’t necessarily want to hire narcissists, but might end up doing so because they come off as being self-confident and capable.”


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