Sorry! It's cricket selection on Thursday night, and my batting skills don't lend me an automatic place in the team. I'm campaigning that on moustache skill alone I should be opening the batting in the 1st XI. Not working for me...
It all depends on the organisation I suppose. In some large companies I've had experience with the workplace bullies and corporate psychopaths tend to get ahead, often at the expense of the intelligent, hard working human beings.
I remember a famous example of someone who had her secretary send an email around to her entire division demanding that people stop having farewell parties for all the people she had recently sacked, as these were affecting productivity. And when a complaint was made, she denied it and blamed her secretary! Her leadership qualities were duly recognised and she was soon promoted even further.
How many of us have had this experience?
The ones I love are the HR types that have nothing on their desks but wander around endlessly looking to solve problems.
That is until they get a real one.
Then the behaviour when they are called on it is very unHR....like yeah but ...yeah but...yeah.
fxh is completely right. Competency, hard work and experience are king. A sharp appearance might help someone make an ok first impression
Wrong either that or I live in another universe, when I was in recruiting first impressions counted a lot at interviews. That initial introduction and how you pitch it sets the tone for what follows.
As for experience forget it, in Canberra too many times I've seen who you know trump what you know. But then maybe Canberra and the APS are a different universe.