First Interview – First Impression

Most time people go through training with a job in mind. They invest their time and money to obtain a qualification that they hope will secure employment.

In last Sunday’s Washington Post, Michelle Singletary writes in The Color of Money about a survey carried out by The survey involved hiring managers who had had strange experiences with first time interviewees.

The stories that these managers have to tell defy reason. For example, one applicant wore a hat into the interview which read; “Take this job and shove it”. Another winner tossed an empty beer can into a waste paper basket before going into the interview.

While these examples may seem out-of-the-ordinary, we have found similarities between interviews we have conducted and the findings of the hiring managers. For instance, 69% of the managers said that candidates dressed improperly. This is very prevalent. There is no excuse for coming to an interview in a t-shirt and jeans, yet some believe it is appropriate.

Believe it or not, 71% said that candidates answered a cell phone or texted during the interview. Speaking of bad behavior, it might be worth considering the type of information you post on Facebook. This looks to be the case, according to statistics.

A 2009 survey sponsored by Microsoft found that 75% of recruiters and HR personnel were instructed by their bosses to research job candidates online. You might be surprised at the percentage of candidates rejected after online infomation was found out about them. 70% of those recruiters rejected candidates following online research.

Remember when you go for an interview that you are putting your best foot forward. Make the most of it, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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