Headed out on a job interview?
Then know this: Your interviewer begins sizing you up from the moment they lay eyes on you. In this infographic, we share some surprising statistics:
- It takes someone just 1/10th of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face. Longer exposures don’t significantly alter those impressions!
- Within 15 minutes, 60% of interviewers say they make a hiring decision. More than 1 in 4 of them make it within the first 5 minutes!
Interviewers make snap decisions about you.
It’s up to you to make sure those decisions are favorable. Use these surefire tips to boost your confidence and make a great first impression at your next interview:
Before the interview:
- Research the employer’s website and social media accounts.
- If you know who will be interviewing you, review their LinkedIn profile so you’re familiar with their background and role in the organization.
- Practice your interview skills, answers to common interview questions, your 30-second “elevator pitch” and even your driving route (heavy traffic could make you late – and cost you the job).
- Review the job posting, so you know the requirements and can speak to your transferable job skills.
- Compile a list of follow-up questions, so it’s apparent to the interviewer that you’ve done your homework.
- Eat a light meal, so your stomach isn’t growling. But don’t guzzle an entire bottle of water or eat anything that might make you have to excuse yourself mid-interview for a bathroom break (yikes!).
- Dress a notch above what’s required to show you are serious about the opportunity.
- Skip the perfume or cologne. The interviewer may not love your fragrance choice as much as you do, or they could have scent-triggered allergies.
- Bring a copy of your resume, your portfolio (if applicable), a pen and notepad. While a small purse is acceptable for women to bring, leave all other personal items at home or in your car.
At the interview:
- Arrive 10 minutes early. Any later, and you may feel rushed or stressed; any earlier may signal poor planning on your part or be inconvenient for the employer.
- Be nice to everyone you meet. You never know who may provide feedback to the interviewer.
- Turn your phone completely off. A vibrating phone is just as distracting as a ringing one.
When you meet your interviewer:
- Make eye contact and smile. It’ll help you relax, while appearing both confident and approachable.
- Let the interviewer speak first, so you don’t come across as too aggressive.
- Offer a solid handshake that’s not too firm, not too limp and lasts two seconds or so.
- Be enthusiastic but don’t monopolize the conversation. During the first few minutes, let the interviewer lead the discussion. Let your responses (both verbal and nonverbal) convey your excitement for the opportunity.
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