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Narcissists Often Ace Job Interviews And Land The Jobs

Do you like yourself?  No I mean do you REALLY like yourself?  Well, really, really liking  yourself may give you an edge in your next job interview.  That’s what a new study is suggesting.

Why and how does it work?  Narcissists are known to be obnoxiously high on  self-esteem, and are better able to talk about and promote themselves.  To potential employers that can translate into confidence and expertise.  Whether it’s true or not, that’s a different story.

Researchers say a job interview is probably the one setting where it’s OK to say nice things about yourself  and there are no ramifications. In fact, i is expected.  (So that’s what my problem has been all these years;)  Simply put, those who are comfortable talking themselves up tend to do  much better than those who are not.

The study included applicants who were videotaped.  The non-narcissistic people eased up on their  self-promotion when they were challenged by expert interviewers.  The narcissists however, actually increased their attempts to promote themselves when challenged.  It was also noted that the self-promoters, those who spoke quickly and at length and used such  tactics as smiling, gesturing and complimenting others, received far more positive evaluations than equally qualified applicants  who used tactical modesty

Interviewers need to be aware of this because it show how fallible we can be when making interview  judgments. Managers dont necessarily want to hire narcissists, but might end up  doing so because they come off as being self-confident and capable.  The findings also suggest that interviewers need to be aware of the  tactics used by narcissists .  There is very little evidence that narcissists are more  or less effective workers. But what is known is that narcissists can be very  disruptive and destructive when dealing with other people on a regular  basis.  Research shows that if everything else is equal, then it is probably best to  avoid hiring them.

Do you know a narcissist?  Are you a narcissist?  Find out at the Library Of Medicine: Narcissitic Personality Disorder

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