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Study Finds Honest People More Likely to Get Dream Job

Travis Ketzak
By Travis Ketzak / June 28, 2017

A recent study has found that being honest in a job interview can really pay off. In fact, being honest can make you up to three times more likely to get the job, according to DailyMail.

We’ve all heard the basics of doing well in job interviews. Dress professionally, make eye contact, blah blah blah. However, University College London has discovered perhaps the key to nailing a job interview: authenticity.

Employers use interviews to see how honest people are. Dishonest people are most likely exaggerating their skills and qualifications, and will probably end up covering their mistakes. People who are qualified for the job should be totally honest about who they are and they shouldn’t shy away from their weaknesses.

The study, which included 1,240 teachers being interviewed, found that the ones striving to be authentic and applying self-verification (the drive to appear authentic and direct) increased their chances of a job offer by 11 percent. Another part of the study involved interviewing US military personnel, and found that those being honest were three times as likely to score the job.

Getting a job in today’s economy isn’t easy, but being honest is. Perhaps honesty really is the best policy.