Want to get hired? Improve your sense of humor

Surprising factors that will help you land a job

If you want to nail your next interview, being an amusing, well-dressed, do-gooder will serve you better than detailing the need for a college football playoff system.

So says CareerBuilder's latest study, which reveals surprising factors that can help people get hired - all characteristics that are traditionally not job requirements nor listed on a resume.

If you're looking for an edge in your next interview, see what the more than 2,000 managers cited as positive qualities that affected their hiring decision.

Employers were asked, “If you had two equally qualified candidates, which factors would make you more likely to consider one candidate over another?”

Here are the highest-rated virtues:

  • The candidate with the better sense of humor - 27%

  • The candidate who is involved in his or her community - 26%

  • The candidate who is better dressed - 22%

  • The candidate whom I have more in common with - 21%

  • The candidate who is more physically fit - 13%

  • The candidate who is more on top of current affairs and pop culture - 8%

  • The candidate who is more involved in social media - 7%

  • The candidate who is knowledgeable about sports - 4%

"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," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of HR at CareerBuilder.

Now, a key word of caution: while “better sense of humor” is the top factor, we’re pretty sure they don’t mean “dress like a clown” because A) that’s creepy and B) it doesn’t work.

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