Foreign Accents Have Less Credibility
When I worked in European teams within the pharmaceutical industry I often wondered about this. I listened to presentations in English to mainly English audiences and wondered whether the impact would have been greater if delivered by a native English speaker instead of e.g. my Spanish colleague.
There was no prejudice - it was purely a linguistic wondering!
Well this piece of research - very simple statements read out in different accents were scored for credibility - does seem to suggest that foreign accents can be perceived as less credible. So what does that mean when a pan-European marketing team presents to an Anglo-American board?!
I just wonder what would have been the results if they had included Australian or Canadian accents.
What Can You Learn From A Candidate's Facebook Profile?
It seems you may learn simply how they present themselves on Facebook! This may have nothing to do with the important personality traits you think it reflects.
So for example, you may be very worried about someone posting wild drinking sessions; what might this mean for their commitment to be at their desk each morning? These postings do not appear to relate closely to the personality trait of conscientiousness - indeed the researchers say that the association between online behaviour and personality is very limited. However still they warn candidates to be careful what they post online!