Good Luck!

If you are applying for a job, you might want to keep these in mind.

One, you will most probably be hired.

According to a latest article from Harvard Business Review, corporations used to fill approximately 90 percent of their vacancies through promotions and lateral assignments. This is not anymore the case. Today, vacancies are filled more often by hiring from outside.

In “Your Approach to Hiring is All Wrong,” it is claimed that “only 28% of talent acquisition leaders report that internal candidates are an important source of people to fill vacancies.” Hiring from outside means the company does not have to pay for training and development. 

Two, you will most probably not stay in the company for a very long time.

Because companies don’t allocate budget for training, employees will not experience growth. Citing the US Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the article claims that 95 percent of hiring is done to fill existing positions. Most of these vacancies are caused by voluntary turnovers. Primarily, hiring is to replace those who leave. The most common reason for leaving is career advancement. In other words, do not expect to be promoted. Ergo, you will also leave.

Three, you will most probably be hired because of your skills and experience.

Since training and development are not to be expected, companies seek new hires that do not need to be trained. New hires are expected to contribute right away. Applicants whose skill sets fit the vacancies will be prioritized. Entry-level positions will probably be few and far in-between. If you are fresh out of school, make sure you already have the skills.

Four, your scores and grades will most probably be ignored.

As a standard hiring procedure, applicants are subjected to series of tests, interviews, and perhaps, actual work samples. The process from applying to hiring may take two to three months. In theory, these are helpful to identify the applicant that has the best fit. In practice, these may all be inconsequential. 

With unprecedented access to information, it is assumed that the more information available, the better would be the decision. Seven studies In “People Use Less Information That They Think To Make Up Their Minds” suggest that this is not necessarily true in practice. While people believe that “more evidence is needed before making up their minds, the fact is that they don’t.” In short, people do not need as much information as they think they do. The CVs, the certificates, the test scores, the interview results and evaluations, are just elements of the hiring ritual. Most of the time, their minds are long made up. In other words, at first glance of your resume photo, they most probably had already decided whether to hire you or not.

Five, you will most probably be hired for the way you look.

In “The Visibility of Social Class from Facial Cues,” results reveal that people can perceive social class from facial cues. According to the study, the face reveals whether a person is rich or poor. Perceptions of social class affect individuals. Biases against people who look poor can “restrict and foreclose opportunities that might otherwise allow them to ameliorate their economic circumstances.”

In the study, subjects who are perceived to be rich were considered more suitable for employment than those who are perceived to be poor. This is also evident for raters who have previous experience in hiring. Additional requirements may be asked of the applicant, but initial impressions of the applicant are often indelible. Results of the study reveal that applicants who appear to be rich are more likely to be hired than applicants who look poor. 

Six, you will most probably be hired because of your hand movements.

Four versions of an entrepreneur pitching a new product were presented to experienced investors. One used a lot of figurative language, one included frequent hand motions, one deployed both, and one used neither. People who saw the one with frequent hand gestures were “on average 12% more interested in investing.”

In “Actions Speak Louder Than Words... ,” Joep Cornelissen of Erasmus University concludes that hand motions gave investors a better sense of what the product would look like and how it would work. The unfamiliar idea was made more concrete.

In the hiring process, an applicant is expected to give the evaluator a “variety of clues that will help evaluate ‘the applicant’s’ potential.” While applicants are expected to be confident and articulate, a perky hand gesture might just do the trick.

Good luck.

Real Carpio So lectures at the Management and Organization Department of the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business of De La Salle University. He is an entrepreneur and a management consultant. Comments are welcomed at [email protected] Archives can be accessed at The views expressed above are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DLSU, its faculty, and its administrators.

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