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Alison Doyle

Love at First (Interview) Sight?

By February 14, 2013

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InterviewI once worked for a boss who told me that he could tell within the first couple of minutes of a job interview whether the person had a shot at getting hired - or not.  He relied on his first impression of the person to determine whether an applicant was going to make the cut. He was usually right.

That works both ways though.  When you're interviewing, you can often tell right away that it could be a great job or that it could be a place where you don't want to work.

How often does that happen? HireVue, the leading on-demand digital interviewing platform, reports that one-third of American workers experienced instant attraction in their most recent job interview.   For most applicants, it takes longer to build a relationship or they realize this just isn't going to work out.  Here are the survey results:

  • 35% of women and 28% of men fell in love with the job right away
  • 30% of respondents said last interview process was like playing hard to get
  • 20% said the interview process was "hot at first, but then fizzled fast"
  • 18% said it dragged on, resembling "a three-month affair"

Just like with dating, it's important to check out the company.  The more information you have, the better prepared you'll be to decide if the company is somewhere you want to work.  Here are tips on how to check out a company and how to dress for an interview, so the first impression you make is a good one.

Related Articles: How to Evaluate a Job Offer | How to Decline a Job Offer | How to Prepare for an Interview

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