It’s said to take five to 10 seconds for someone to form an impression of you, which is vital when it comes to job interviews. Despite knowing what not to do, very few people know the reasoning and science behind why us humans act the way we do in a professional environment. One of Europe’s leading training companies, The Learning People, discusses the reasons we should conduct ourselves the way we do.
Did you see what she was wearing?
Did you know, the colours a person wears is said to account for 62-90% of someone’s first impression of you?
Many interviewers admit that a jobseeker’s personal appearance affects their opinion on the applicant’s suitability for a role and company, so make sure you dress appropriately. If in doubt, it never hurts to ring the company beforehand to ask.
He’s got a great smile
Smiles really are contagious and so when you arrive at your interview try smiling at someone and see how hard they find it not to respond with a smile of their own.
A genuine smile suggests that you are approachable, sociable and confident – all traits any employer will value in a candidate.
Nice, firm handshake
Getting the handshake right in any situation is difficult and can often cause a lot of stress for an interviewee. In fact, 70% of us aren’t confident when it comes to shaking a person’s hand.
The main thing to remember is that it’s a good idea to adopt a policy of gender neutrality – if you shake a woman’s hand too limply they may be insulted, if you shake a man’s hand too firmly they may feel somewhat undermined.
What lovely eyes you have
It’s said that you can tell a huge amount about a person by the amount of eye contact they keep.
Distrust of eye blocking is hard wired into us from a very early age, so behaviour such as looking away from people’s faces can instil in a person a sense of mistrust or uncertainty. That’s not to say stare at your interviewer, just look into your interviewer’s eyes long enough each time that you keep their attention, and allow them to assess you on their own terms.
In a competitive job market where it takes the average human resource administrator two to three minutes to make a decision about you, keeping these simple but effective tips in mind and why they’re important is essential to your job hunt – best of luck.