Everybody loves to laugh! It’s a universal language that everyone understands. Laughter is contagious. Have you ever laughed so hard you cried? Have you ever laughed simply because someone else was laughing? You may not even know why they are laughing, but you can’t resist the laughter. Enjoy it!
The job search is serious, but it doesn’t have to be humorless. While it’s not okay to suddenly become a complete clown in an interview, it’s completely genuine to have a sense of humor.
Check out these three reasons why a sense of humor can get you hired:
Show you’re human
Unless you’re being hired to work alone in a box full-time, employers don’t necessarily want to hire someone with a robotic personality. Making a joke or laughing at something in an interview shows that you can appreciate humor in a situation. It usually will not ruin your job prospects.
Check out: 3 Interview Rules That Are Okay to Break
Lower your stress
Mom always said laughter is the best medicine, and she was right. Laughing relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, and protects the heart. Doesn’t that sound appealing? A less-stressed you will be able to get more done faster and effectively. Healthy employees with a cheerful disposition are far more attractive than their stressed-out counterparts.
People bond over shared experiences. We tend to gravitate towards other people who make us feel good. When you are on friendly terms with your professional colleagues, you can count on a stronger network. Next time your resume needs a second look or you’re looking for a stellar recommendation, think about the last person with whom you shared a joke or laughed so hard you nearly fell out of your seat.
Be warned: humor in the workplace is worlds different than humor with your drinking buddies. While it is perfectly fine to be laid back, know your boundaries or you might be out in the cold.
Do you think a sense of humor actually helps you in your job search? Why or why not?
Tony Morrison is the Vice President at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract, and engage their next rock star candidates. Find him on Twitter and Talent Connection. And, connect with Cachinko on Facebook or Twitter.