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Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:15:00 GMT | By Vivian Giang
13 surprising things that affect whether you get hired

From hand gestures to drinking coffee, pay attention to these small-but-important factors.



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The hiring manager uses the interview to determine whether you'll be a good fit for the job. And you know the drill, so you arrive on time, dress impeccably, and answer all of their questions intelligently.

But there are many more small details that overtly or subconsciously affect the way you're perceived. For example, does the time of your interview affect how you're critiqued? Are you supposed to accept that cup of coffee they offer?

Here are 13 surprising things that affect whether you land the job.

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