By Jason Cohen, “Undercover Recruiter” Contributor
The job world can be a dangerous place for the ill-prepared – so when a position opens up, it’s game time! While packing your resume with loads of experience certainly gives you an edge, it truly is what you say during the interview that will be the determining factor for most employers. For this reason, employers will size up applicants usually within the first 30 seconds of meeting them. Sometimes it’s the fundamentals, the elementary negotiating tactics or lack thereof that cause the interviewer to essentially ignore everything after the initial meet and greet.
Statistics reveal that many hiring decisions are made within the first 2 minutes of an interview. It behooves the candidate to spend a little time on preparing to have their life’s work summed up in just 120 seconds. Follow the tips below:
There are certain common sense, time tested fundamentals when it comes to negotiating your way into a dream job. From the start, if you are not making eye contact, you will lose almost all credibility. Repeating the interviewers name is another fundamental that will also immediately add a level of personal connection that most of your competitors will fail to achieve. Nowadays, even the simple smile throughout an interview is left out. These few fundamentals are probably the most important, otherwise you are just another applicant. Establish that connection from the start. The good news is that few are doing what should be extremely obvious, and by bringing some eye contact, the interviewer’s name and a smile into your interview, believe it or not, you will have an edge!