Spending your life carving the perfect resume, and even more so your responses for a seamless job interview?
New research shows that perhaps the emphasis on perfection may be doing you more harm than good.
In a study conducted by scientists at University College London, research suggests a more brazenly and unapologetically honest approach to answering questions could land you a job much faster than if you were to present an image of perfection.
The research itself focused on a concept called self-verification. According to the University College London,this refers to an "individual's drive to be known and understood by others according to their firmly held beliefs and feelings about themselves".
Essentially, how well candidates can recognise their faults, communicate them, and strive to be better.
In one part of the study, researchers assessed 333 lawyers who applied for positions in a branch of the U.S. military. Results showed high quality candidates more likely to "self-verify" increased their chances of receiving a job offer five-fold.
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