Voluntary Experience Is Valued By Recruiters
At a time when there is almost as much competition for 'internships' as there is for fully paid long term pos
itions, this has to be good news. That Voluntary Service Oversees (VSO) work may just swing it after all!
This research from the International Journal of Selection & Assessment reports a series of experiments to test whether voluntary work is looked on favourably or disregarded in favour of paid experience.
It seems that recruiters had no significant preference for paid experience over voluntary, what mattered was whether the experience was relevant
Also a mix of both voluntary and
paid experience was rated more highly than paid experience alone. The suggestion is that voluntary work 'rounds out' a career by demonstrating traits that are not brought out in paid work - altruism, cooperation and work ethic.
What Would You Prefer: Past Achievement or Potential?
When I was trained in Behaviour Based Interviewing the whole premise was that past behaviour predicted future behaviour.
This research in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology tested whether we prefer to see a proven track record or statements about future potential.
They matched fictitious CVs of candidates for leadership roles for age and qualifications. The participants rated the CVs expressing high potential to achieve better than those describing track records of achievements.
Whilst the authors doubt that potential would compensate for a bad track record, the suggestion is that 'potential' statements lead readers to 'deeper' thought processing. (Not that I'm sure how that leads to recruitment preference!)
What Does Your Taste In Food Say About You? Sweet Tooth - Sweet Nature?
Metaphors are being recognised as very important for affecting our 'reality'. So we know that giving someone a warm drink to hold before going into a meeting tends to encourage them to behave 'warmly' during the meeting.
Here's a piece of research looking at the metaphor we use to describe agreeable / nice people. "My sweetheart", "honey", "My sugar" e.g. It seems that the metaphor of sweetness translates directly into personality reality!
People rated as more agreeable seem to prefer sweet foods. People who have a sweet tooth also seem to be more likely to give their time to volunteer help.
It even seems that giving people chocolate can lead them to behave more agreeably and volunteer help more!
So why not try offering your opposite number some chocolate biscuits before you start negotiating with them?