The Pratfall Effect


Another kind of phenomenon is The Pratfall Effect which says that a minor screw up is actually good and it can increase your likability. We don’t like people who act macho, look tough, disciplined and act like they have everything figured out. But if by any chance they screw up even a little bit we feel connected with them. By making a mistake they become more human and we start liking them.

The author Richard Wiseman in his book, “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” mentions that a weakness in the beginning of a resume can actually increase your likelihood of getting the job. Of course, it can not guarantee it but it has a say in the overall decision-making process of the interview.

Read more about it from the wiki link by clicking here.


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