the first 90 seconds of the interview

Blowing your chances during the first 90 seconds of the interview?

The first 90 seconds of the interview

An article by the Undercover Recruiter, shows results from a survey of 2000 recruiters. 33% of these stated that they knew within the first 90 seconds of the interview if they were going to hire the candidate or not. This is in line with the 90:90 rule, which states that interviewers make up 90% of their mind within the first 90 seconds of a job interview, even though the average length of an interview is around 40 minutes.

Knowing how recruiters manage to make up their minds in less than two minutes can therefore help you in improving your chances of securing the job. So what are the main reasons for candidates being eliminated so early on during the interview?

• Failing to make eye contact
• The way you dress, act and walk through the door
• Having little or no knowledge about the company
• Quality of your voice and not showing confidence
• Failing to smile
• Bad posture
• Fidgeting too much
• Having a weak handshake
• Crossing your arms over your chest

Other tips to ace the interview

Once you manage to avoid the above mentioned mistakes, there are other important things you can do to make a good impression during the interview:

• Don’t badmouth your previous employer – This will make your prospective employer wonder if it was actually your fault that caused the bad relationship with your previous employer

• Research the company before the interview – Make sure that you understand what products and services the company offers and what makes the company unique. This will show that you took interest to get to know what the company is all about

• Review the vacancy advert – Make sure that you fully understand the requirements of the job that you have applied for and how your skills and experience will help you in satisfying these requirements.

• Know the details of your CV – Make sure that you know the details on your CV well in order to answer any questions easily. Taking a printed copy of your covering letter and CV is also a good idea

• NEVER arrive late – Arriving late shows that you have poor time-management skills and shows lack of respect. “5 Minutes Early Is On Time; On Time Is Late; Late Is Unacceptable

• Silence your phone before the interview – Receiving a call during an interview shows lack of respect and sends the message that getting the job is in not your priority

• Don’t talk too much – Make sure that you answer questions directly and to the point without sidetracking. The interviewer is not interested in your whole life story.

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