The research also found that when two equally qualified candidates were compared, those who were involved in their community and those who were better dressed were more likely to get a job. (Agencies)
Additionally, hiring managers said that they are more likely to hire a candidate with whom they have something in common.
Employers also said that they are likely to hire a candidate who is physically fit, aware of current affairs, involved in social media or knowledgeable about sports, according to the study conducted by CareerBuilder.
"When you're looking for a job, the key is selling your personal brand," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.
"Employers are not only looking for people who are professionally qualified for the position, but also someone who is going to fit in at the office," Haefner said.
The research was based on the responses of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals.
One-third of the employers surveyed also said that they are more likely to promote employees who have asked for a promotion in the past.
Additionally, hiring managers said that there are several ways workers can hurt their chances of receiving a promotion. For example, 71 percent of hiring managers said workers who say ‘That's not my job’ will not get a promotion.
Some other common mistakes that hurt employees' chances of a promotion include being late to work, lying, taking credit for other people's work and leaving work early.
Moreover, workers who gossip, take liberties with expenses, don't dress professionally and swear are also unlikely to receive a promotion, the researchers said.
The research also found that when two equally qualified candidates were compared, those who were involved in their community and those who were better dressed were more likely to get a job.