often ace job interviews because they freely brag about themselves.
According to a soon-to-be-published study in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, narcissists scored much higher than others in job interviews, ScienceDaily.com reports. This is because they are more comfortable self-promoting.
The study evaluated 72 participants’ personal traits before videotaping them in the context of a job interview. Then they had 222 raters evaluate qualifications of people with similar resumes. The narcissists outscored the more humble mock applicants.
The narcissists were also best under fire: when the mock interviewer challenged them on their qualifications, they had no qualms saying how fantastic they were. They also gave more lengthy descriptions of their strengths and accomplishments.
Narcissism, a trait considered obnoxious in most circumstances, actually pays off big-time in the short-term context of a job interview, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Narcissists scored much higher in simulated job interviews than non-narcissists, researchers found. They pointed to narcissists’ innate tendency to promote themselves, in part by engaging and speaking at length, which implied confidence and expertise even when they were held to account by expert interviewers.
“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, a co-author of the study, told ScienceDaily. “Simply put, those who are comfortable doing this tend to do much better than those who aren’t.”
Employers should keep this study in mind: although narcissists dazzled in the interviews, there is no evidence they were more or less effective workers.
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