“The problem with first impressions,” Oscar Wilde said, “is that they are almost always right.”
Like it or not, job interviews are about perception.This guest post below is by Victoria from www.randstad.com.au, an Australian job search and recruitment firm, and offers some techniques for improving your interview skills. I posted this because the advice really resonated with an experience I had last summer.
Last June, I sat on the other side of the hiring table. As I helped select a winning candidate from about 10 people, I realized how small perceptual details mattered in my decision. You try to be objective, but the small details do influence you.
Your resume gets you an interview, but the job interview is about social and personal chemistry.
I can remember one job candidate that barely looked us in the eye. It was uncomfortable interviewing her.
But it wasn’t just the introverts that didn’t make a good first impression. Another extroverted candidate at first presented himself very well. He was confident and barely nervous. But as the interview progressed, he didn’t practice “balancing” (a technique discussed in the article below).
This led the hiring committee to believe he was arrogant and difficult to work with, a perception that his references later confirmed.
If you have an job interview, I can say from personal experience that the techniques below do matter. While perception matters, it can also be adjusted and corrected.
For example, an old professor of mine once said to me, “You have an annoying habit of disappearing deep into thought when you present to the class . . . I know you are trying to be a casual presenter and think of things on the fly, but like it or not public speaking is a performance.” That insight stuck with me and I’ve tried to correct that habit.
Your interview is also a performance and the best way to improve is with live practice.
Here’s the post . . .