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The Likeability Factor


The Likeability Factor

Being a likeable person isn’t just beneficial in your personal life; it will also help you to succeed in business. In Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich,” he explains how to have a “million dollar personality” by telling the story of steel magnate Charles Schwab and how his great personality took him for a day laborer to an executive with a $75,000 salary and frequent million-dollar bonuses (unheard of at that time)!

Many people think that being likeable is something that just comes naturally to some. However, being likeable is under your control and is a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ). In a study conducted at UCLA the top-rated adjectives leading to likeability were sincerity, transparency, and a capacity for understanding. These describe people who are skilled in the social side of emotional intelligence.

Likeability in the recruiting industry is key on both sides. As a recruiter we must be likeable in order to establish trust with a candidate. It is very important to come off as a genuine person since you are essentially guiding somebody in their career! Of course, on the candidate side likeability is a must as well. The candidate must be friendly and easy to talk to in order to move on in the interview process.

Luckily, we can all learn how to embrace our emotional intelligence and be more likeable. A new article from Forbes identifies and explores 13 key behaviors that likeable people engage in that makes them so likeable. You’d be surprised how easy it is!

Read the article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2015/01/27/13-habits-of-exceptionally-likeable-people/

We would love to hear your thoughts! How do you think you can apply these behaviors into your own life – either personally or professionally?