How to Be the ‘Personality Hire’ at Your Next Job

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You know the token “funny one” at your workplace? Well, those coworkers are self-aware, and they’re speaking out. It’s called being a “personality hire,” and the term is trending on TikTok from those claiming that their charisma landed them their job, rather than the qualifications on their resume.

Beneath the jokes and the self-deprecation, there’s some truth to the art to showing employers that you have a good personality. There’s a lot that goes into charming your interviewers—like with the importance of preparing stories—but to what extent is a “personality hire” a real thing? I spoke with Toni Frana, career services manager at FlexJobs and Here’s what you need to know about the role your personality could play in landing your next job.

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