Modesty is overrated, at least during a job interview.

A new study found that people with narcissistic tendencies were more likely to be hired when compared to peers with equally qualified candidates.

Narcisim, which according to the Oxford dictionary is “an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance,” may be frowned upon in every day settings, but may have its place.

“A job interview is one of the few social situations where narcissistic behaviours such as boasting actually create a positive impression,” says Prof Del Paulhus, the lead author of the study, which is published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

The participant’s level of narcissistic behaviour was measured using a questionnaire that they completed before they were placed in job interview scenarios. After analysing video recordings of the interviews, the narcissists were found to talk more about themselves, joke around and ask the interviewers questions.

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