The study, which included 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries, asked them to say which factors would make them more likely to choose one of two equally qualified candidates.
The top responses:
The candidate with the better sense of humor: 27 percent
The candidate who is involved in his or her community: 26 percent
The candidate who is better dressed: 22 percent
The candidate whom I have more in common with: 21 percent
The candidate who is more physically fit: 13 percent
The candidate who is more on top of current affairs and pop culture: 8 percent
The candidate who is more involved in social media: 7 percent
The candidate who is knowledgeable about sports: 4 percent
"When you're looking for a job, the key is selling your personal brand". "Employers are not only looking for people who are professionally qualified for the position, but also someone who is going to fit in at the office."
This unspoken assessment proves doesn't stop when you get the job, of course. It plays a large part in determining who does and doesn't get promoted. The survey also asked executives to identify what they look for when picking out who gets promoted.
Speaking up counts for a lot: One third of employers say they are more likely to promote an employee who has previously asked for a promotion. However, there was much more agreement about what kinds of behavior keeps someone from being moved up, including:
Someone who says, "that's not my job:" 71 percent
Someone who is often late: 69 percent
Someone who has lied at work: 68 percent
Someone who takes credit for other people's work: 64 percent
Someone who often leaves work early: 55 percent
Someone who takes liberties with expenses charged back to the company: 55 percent
Someone who gossips: 46 percent
Someone who doesn't dress professionally: 35 percent
Someone who swears: 30 percent
Someone who doesn't say anything in meetings: 22 percent
Someone who cried at work: 9 percent
Someone who has dated a co-worker: 8 percent
However, you may want to think twice before trying to get a promotion. The study also found that at nearly two-thirds of the companies surveyed a promotion doesn't guarantee a pay raise.