Psychology

Judgments that lead to job offers

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Science  22 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6237, pp. 877
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6237.877-g

Job seekers often need to send out hundreds of resumes in order to get a handful of interviews. But do applicants really need to meet their potential employers face-to-face for the best chance of success? Schroeder and Epley investigated this by having business school students or actors apply for jobs by composing elevator pitches for delivery via text and audio or video recordings, and museum visitors or professional recruiters judged the candidates' intellect and their likelihood of being hired. In all of the combinations, the audio pitches outperformed written ones and did just as well as the videos, suggesting that a person's voice is the key.

Psychol. Sci. 26, 10.1177/0956797615572906 (2015).

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