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Think a Little, Change a Lot

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Richard Wiseman's '59 Seconds' offers research-backed advice for self-improvement, dispelling popular myths and providing quick tips for boosting happiness, motivation, and success.

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    Nail that interview by being more likable.

    Interviewers select job candidates based on the right qualifications and work experience, right? Well, not exactly. Studies have shown there is one factor that trumps all others when it comes to landing a job: Likability. Below are some simple tricks to make people like you.

    After following over one hundred former students hunting for their first jobs, researchers from the University of Washington and University of Florida found that those who secured the interviewer’s favor were the most likely to be hired.

    There were a few things that made them likeable: some spoke about interesting topics that were unrelated to the job, others maintained a genuine smile and some spoke highly of the organization they were applying to. This is good news, since these things are easy to do and make a huge difference.

    Another way to gain someone’s favor in an interview is to reveal your weaknesses right off the bat.

    In the 1970’s, Duke University psychologists conducted research where participants were presented with a recording of a man talking about his life. In one tape, the man confessed early on to getting caught cheating in school; in another tape, he left his confession until the end.

    The man was rated far more likable by those who’d listened to the tape in which he made an early confession.

    It’s therefore advantageous to save your positive aspects until the end of the interview. By doing so, it appears that you prefer letting your strong points come up naturally in conversation, which makes you more likable.

    Here’s one last interview tip: don’t freak out if you make a mistake.

    Chances are that a mistake is far more apparent to you than to others, and an overwrought reaction or apology will only highlight something that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

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    What is 59 Seconds about?

    59 seconds (2010) lays out some handy tips and insights backed by scientific research. Apply them today, and experience the change you want in your life.

    59 Seconds Review

    59 Seconds (2010) by Richard Wiseman is a book that offers practical advice to improve our lives by debunking common self-help myths. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides scientifically-backed strategies that can be implemented in just one minute, making it easy to incorporate positive changes into our daily routines.
    • By drawing on credible research studies and experiments, the book offers a refreshing perspective on how to achieve happiness, success, and motivation.
    • Through its engaging anecdotes and relatable examples, 59 Seconds manages to deliver captivating insights while keeping readers thoroughly engaged.

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    People dont tend to wander around and then suddenly find themselves at the top of Mount Everest. - Zig Ziglar

    —Richard Wiseman
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    Who should read 59 Seconds?

    • People sick of the same old self-help books
    • Creative thinkers
    • Psychology enthusiasts

    About the Author

    Described by one of Scientific American’s columnists as “the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today,” psychologist and professor Richard Wiseman has given keynotes for the likes of Amazon and Google, and has written several bestselling books, including The Luck Factor and Quirkology.

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