What are the factors that impact on First Impression during an interview?
First impressions are still hugely important in the interview process – in fact nearly 60% of recruiters admit that the first couple of minutes of an interview strongly influences their decision! What I mean by first impression is personal presentation, how you walk into the room, your smile, handshake, how you engage with the interviewer…… An interview is like any other form of human interaction – we all make assumptions when we meet a person for the first time – do we trust them, do we like them, could we work with them?
How important are non-verbal and presentational aspects during interviews?
Crucial! In an interview, what you say and how you say it are both equally important. Your posture,
body language, eye contact, tone of voice all take on a special significance. Let me explain what I mean – I was coaching a sales manager last week. He had everything going for him – a strong track record, good solid answers but because he interviewed in a flat, monotone voice he lacked any impact. To help him get some life and passion into what he was saying, I asked him what his interests were…… As it happens, he was a proud Kilkenny man and loved playing hurling. I suggested that he talked about his career with the same enthusiasm as talked about hurling. The difference was amazing! Everything changed – body language, inflection in the voice, a spark in the eye – and as a listener what he was saying became so much more compelling!
What are the factors that make it easy for an employer to disregard or cut a candidate from the process?
Because of the volumes of CVs that employers are receiving, they only spend a couple of minutes reviewing each application. The top reasons for rejecting a CV are – spelling mistakes (81%), poor CV layout (78%) and frequent job moves (68%).
If a job applicant’s experience and qualifications meet the client’s requirements – they will have a strong chance of making the short list. Job seekers need to ensure that an employer does not have to search for the important information – make it clear on the CV. Obvious though it may sound – 60% of job seekers do not make the effort to tailor their CV to each job, potentially missing out on many interviews!
Do HR staff tend to have training in carrying out interviews?
Most Human Resource personnel are well trained in how to conduct interviews but outside of the Human Resource arena only half of those we surveyed had any formal training. When human resources are leading the recruitment exercise job specifications are drawn up, skills/qualifications and competencies are agreed, interview questions are prepared in advance, and all job applicants are interviewed in a consistent manner.
In smaller companies with no human resource function, line managers are often too busy to spend
much time on interview preparation and the whole process can become very unstructured. In a recent survey we conducted with job applicants– only 50% said that they always received a job spec and a third said that the interviewer had not read their CV properly before the interview!
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