Have you ever wondered why the other person got the job and you didn’t? You probably have. So, we asked.

A Workopolis survey of over 300 hiring managers asked the question, “If it comes down to two job candidates with equal skills and work experience, what is the factor that will move you to hire one over the other?”

The answer might surprise you. It certainly surprised us.

Nearly half of respondents (45.37%) said they would choose the more enthusiastic candidate. This was followed in a distant second place by fit with the company culture, then that was followed in third place by sense of humour. These were really far behind, however. So, while you should absolutely consider them, it seems that, first and foremost, you should be sure to convey your enthusiasm for a position.

Check out the infographic below and read more about the study here.

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