Cracking Out Some Luscious Banter Might Help You In A Job Interview

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If you've ever walked away from an interview feeling like you didn't quite nail it, the missing magic might have been a Christmas cracker gag. Well, sort of.

A recent study conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology conducted 163 mock interviews where interviewers rated applicants' competence after a few minutes of small talk and then again after 12 job-specific questions. Those that had made a personal connection with their interviewer scored more highly than those who didn't build a rapport regardless of how they scored on the subsequent questions.

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The study concluded that the research "suggests that a significant portion of initial impressions' influence overlaps with job-related interview content and, importantly, that these effects are distinct from other image-related constructs. Finally, initial impressions are found to more strongly relate to interviewer evaluations of applicant responses earlier rather than later in the structured interview".

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Study author Dr Brian W. Swider explained to the Wall Street Journal, "An applicant's ability to spark rapport seems to have a unique influence on whether he or she gets the job".

So instead of researching the entire company history, perhaps it's better to brush up on the latest additions to Netflix?