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.”     

Natalie Massenet



Figures obtained from LinkedIn