How To Derail Your Interview Within the First 5 Minutes
By Tim Walker
In the past, most of us prepared for job interviews by role playing potential questions with a friend or standing in front of a mirror. Those are still great techniques. But there is so much more that goes into preparing for a successful interview.
Let's dig deeper into one of those facets: Non-Verbal Cues
(if you're interested in seeing what some of our recruiters have to say about other pieces of the interview process check out our posts on resume grammar, phone interviews, questions to ask and post-interview etiquette).
CareerBuilder recently surveyed a bunch of human resources and hiring managers and asked them how they know when a candidate isn't a good fit for a job.
The results were pretty eye-opening (pun intended).
According to the survey, half of all hiring managers know whether or not you'll be a good fit for the job within the first 5 minutes of the interview. After 15 minutes, 90% have already made up their mind.
What are the biggest factors? Non-verbal cues.
According to the article, here are the top things that tip off a hiring manager that you aren't a good fit for a job.
Poor Eye Contact (65%)
Failing to Smile (36%)
Playing with something on the table (30%)
Bad Posture (30%)
Crossing arms (26%)
Playing with hair or touching face (25%)
Weak handshake (22%)
Using too many hand gestures (11%)
I think a lot of of people fail to think about these non-verbal cues because their either nervous or are too focused on what they're going to say. Perhaps practicing in front of a mirror is a pretty good idea after all!