Your potential boss may order a drink, but you shouldn't...

Have you ever been on a job interview and ordered an alcoholic beverage because your potential boss has? You think, maybe I should follow my boss' lead. Yeah, that may not be such a good idea.

Researchers at the Universities of Michigan and Pennsylvania have been conducting experiments that suggest you're less likely to be hired if you're a job seeker who drinks in a social setting where a prospective boss is checking you out. Even just holding a glass of wine or beer may affect how you are perceived. During the study's six experiments, researchers found that job candidates were seen as less intelligent and less hirable -- but not less likeable, honest or genuine -- if they ordered alcohol in stimulated interviews.

And get this -- prospective employers may have a bias against potential job candidates ordering alcohol even if they also ordered a drink themselves during the interview process. Regardless of what the manager ordered, job seekers were perceived as less worthy candidates -- seen as less intelligent, scholarly or intellectual -- if they ordered, say, a glass of Pinot Noir. The study's authors have dubbed this phenomenon "the imbibing idiot bias."

If you're looking for more tips on how to land a potential job, one place to start is your resume. Check out our interview with's Jason Ferrara on how to improve your resume and see a list of 10 ways to get your resume noticed.

About the author

Daryl Paranada is the associate web producer for Marketplace overseeing all daily website content and production, as well as producing multimedia features -- including the popular economic explainer series Whiteboard -- and special projects. Follow him on Twitter @darylparanada.


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