If you’re reading this right now, I’m guessing you have an upcoming interview; and if that is the case, I want to be the first to say congratulations! If you’re in the midst of preparing for an interview – and even if you aren’t at the interview stage of your job search quite yet – you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been conducting interviews and sending candidates to interview with clients for almost four decades, so you could say that interviewing is our area of expertise!
You Have 5 Minutes to Impress…
Did you know that 50% of hiring managers decide within the very first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is the right fit? Five minutes is not a lot of time, considering the average length of an interview is 45-60 minutes. This means it’s absolutely crucial to have a strong first impression – from your elevator pitch to your interview attire. The first five minutes isn’t just about what you say either – it’s about how you actions and body language. Good posture, a smile, and a firm (but non-constricting) handshake are a great combination; you’ll kick off those first five minutes with your interviewer on the right foot.
To help you prepare to ace your entire interview – including those first essential minutes – you should consider everything, including what to bring, what questions to practice, and what mishaps to avoid. To help,we’ve created this handy infographic with some fundamentals to remember while preparing for an interview. And the best part? Many of the tips we’ve included came directly from the feedback of surveyed hiring and human resource managers.
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