About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Study Finds Narcissism to be a Critical Trait During Job Interviews

by Kathy Jones on October 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM
Font : A-A+

 Study Finds Narcissism to be a Critical Trait During Job Interviews

A new study has found that holding yourself in high esteem may do the trick during job interviews.

According to the new study, narcissism, a trait considered obnoxious in most circumstances, actually pays off big-time in the short-term context of a job interview.

Advertisement

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.
Advertisement

"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, co-author of the study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said.

"Simply put, those who are comfortable doing this tend to do much better than those who aren't," he said.

The two-part study examined the effectiveness of the types of behaviors that narcissists exhibit - which would be typically seen as maladjusted - in the narrow context of an interview. In the first part, 72 participants were videotaped in a simulated job-applicant setting.

As expected narcissists were more likely to self-promote; however, it was when expert interviewers challenged applicants that narcissists started behaving in unexpected ways, Harms said.

While normal individuals backed off of their self-promotion tactics when held accountable, narcissists actually increased their attempts to make themselves look better.

"When feeling challenged, they tend to double down," Harms said.

"It's as if they say 'Oh, you're going to challenge me? Then I'm not just great, I'm fantastic.' And in this setting, it tended to work," he said.

In the study's second part, 222 raters evaluated videos of applicants with similar job skills and varying levels of narcissism.

The raters consistently awarded chronic self-promoters - who spoke quickly and at length and who used ingratiation tactics such as smiling, gesturing and complimenting others - far more positive evaluations.

Meanwhile, equally qualified applicants who tended to rely on tactical modesty scored lower, according to the study.

"This shows that what is getting (narcissists) the win is the delivery," Harms said.

"These results show just how hard it is to effectively interview, and how fallible we can be when making interview judgments. We don't necessarily want to hire narcissists, but might end up doing so because they come off as being self-confident and capable," he added.

The study has been published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Top 9 Reasons Why We Should Practice Kindness
Top 10 Vitamin B12 Foods for Vegetarians - Slideshow
Targeted Screening Program Beneficial for Prostate Cancer Screening
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Narcissistic Personality Disorder 

Most Popular on Medindia

How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Post-Nasal Drip Blood - Sugar Chart Vent Forte (Theophylline) Hearing Loss Calculator Find a Doctor Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Blood Donation - Recipients

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use