Working Your Assets

Working Your Assets Flirt your way to a better job? By: Katie Taylor YOUNG recruits are as likely to rely on their flirting techniques as their skills when trying to win over a prospective employer. Flirting was deemed the most popular way to try to secure a job in an online survey by graduate jobsite […]

Working Your Assets

Flirt your way to a better job?

By: Katie Taylor

YOUNG recruits are as likely to rely on their flirting techniques as their skills when trying to win over a prospective employer.

Flirting was deemed the most popular way to try to secure a job in an online survey by graduate jobsite targetjobs.co.uk, with 60 per cent of graduates saying they would flirt their way through an interview.

Working Your Assets Paul Sissons, chief executive of the site, believes flirting is fine as long as candidates do not go too far.

‘There’s evidence to suggest links between good networkers, great flirts and successful job interviews,’ he says.

‘A good flirt will emphasise their best attributes, but the real secret is to develop the right rapport, asking open questions and getting the interviewer to talk. This shows that you are interested and massages their ego.’ Ben Taylor, who recently graduated from Birmingham City University with a masters degree in town planning, admits to having flirted during job interviews, including the one for his current position in a call centre.

Ben, 24, from Solihull, West Midlands, says: ‘I think people will do everything they can to get the job they want.

However, there are parameters and it can backfire.’ He maintains that he is a subtle flirt, using body language, making eye contact, smiling and cracking jokes.

Ben believes these techniques work with both male and female interviewers.

‘If you go into an interview well prepared and feeling confident and good about yourself, I find that a bit of flirting can help you to engage with your interviewer and disguise nerves,’ he says.

But this strategy does not always work. Helga Edge, principal consultant at career and interview coaching consultancy A Perfect Career, says: ‘It could offend the interviewer and rule you out of the running.’

‘It could also give the wrong impression that there may be more on offer, which could lead to problems later.’

‘You want to build a rapport with the interviewer, but play itsafe.’


follow BettyConfidential on... Pinterest


Read More About...

Leave a Reply

top of page jump to top