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Job Seekers Should Stick To Flattery

Those who successfully kiss up to their bosses have mastered a delicate balance between subtle flattery and somewhat preserving the respect their co-workers have for them. Timothy Judge, a business management professor at the University of Florida, conducted a year-and-a-half study about the topic. Judge surveyed more than 100 business and liberal arts majors at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. He found that flattering the employer during a job interview works better than boasting about oneself. "The overall message is when you have an interview, do your research on the company and the interviewer, and try to find ways to emphasize that you fit the job," Judge said. "Find areas of agreement (and) make genuine compliments."

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