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10 Recruitment facts

1. According to research 29% of the recruiting managers in the Netherlands decided not to hire a candidate because of their social media search results (source: BVCM - Wonderlijke Feiten).

2. Flexibility, flexibility and flexibility. According to a Deloitte study, nearly 75 percent of Millennials believe that a "work from home" or "work remotely" policy is important. Time to get that home office ready (source: Inc.com)

3. Tuesdays are the most productive day of the week and Glassdoor’s Rusty Rueff suggests that a Tuesday at 10:30 in the morning, specifically, might be a good time for a job interview because your interviewer will be productive and alert (source: Glassdoor 2019).

4. Show up early, but enter the building on time. Get there at least 15 minutes early. "If you haven't done the commute before, practice it a couple of times during rush hour a week before so that you're at least somewhat prepared for the unknown." But wait at a nearby coffee shop until the time your new boss or HR asked you to arrive. (source: Lynn Taylor, writer of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant).

5. Nail the handshake, land the job! See advice on how to execute the perfect business handshake so that you can make the first impression the best impression (source: Monster.com).

6. Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found that narcissists make a better impression in job interviews likely because they are just so darn good at promoting themselves (source: ScienceDaily).

7. A research of 2000 managers concluded that the best colors candidates can wear for an interview are black and blue. No matter what, do not wear the orange color to an interview. (source: CareerBuilder).

8. One interesting fact about any interview is that the interviewers decide if they want you working for them in the first few minutes itself. It may seem unfair but it is a really simple and grounded psychology that determines the outcome (source: Wisestep).

9. Research shows that jobs often go to candidates with the best personal branding and not to the one best qualified. The power of presenting yourself and your skills is more important than the actual qualification itself (source: American Psychological Association).

10. According to both the scientific literature and popular media, all one needs to win a US presidential election is to be taller than one's opponent. Using data on all elections, show that height is indeed an important factor in the elections. The advantage of taller candidates is potentially explained by perceptions associated with height: taller candidates are rated by experts as ‘greater’, and having more leadership and communication skills (source: ScienceDirect / Elsevier).