First Impressions count. A lot.
Within 5 minutes of an interview starting most recruiters have made a decision on whether they want to hire the person they are interviewing or not. According to Monster, first impressions rank second behind experience on the list of factors influencing the hiring process.
93% of hiring managers said a candidate’s punctuality is important
82% look for good eye contact
73% look at personal appearance
60% are impressed with a candidate’s ability to make small talk
55% were influenced by the strength of the handshake
But first impressions also count for candidates.
70% of candidates trust their first impressions when deciding to take a job or not
60% judge the interviewer’s handshake
51% look for the interviewer to be punctual, and were likely to turn the job down if they had to wait too long
50% judge the interviewer’s personal appearance
“Never forget that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression – with investors, with customers, with PR, and with marketing.”
Figures obtained from LinkedIn