A study of 2,000 hiring managers by College Atlas has revealed some interesting interview tips as well as statistics about how to maximise your chances of securing your next job as well as how to act and what to focus on during an interview.
Not surprisingly, learning about the organisation was the top tip for job seekers. Being confident enough to state the specific position the candidate wants filled was high up on their list, as was reviewing qualifications for the job and preparing to discuss previous experience.
Slightly worryingly, they also stated that it takes them 90 seconds to decide if they will hire the candidate! 70% stated they don't want applicants to be overly fashionable or trendy with 65% saying that clothes can be a deciding factor between too candidates. Wow, what a dilemma - so dress smart, but not too smart?! The survey also suggests that candidates should spend less time talking about what they want and over-explaining why they left their last job.
Here is the full stats!
Top 10 most common mistakes:
1. Over explaining why you lost your last job
2. Conveying that you're not over losing your last job
3. Lacking humour, warmth or personality
4. Not showing enough enthusiasm or interest
5. Inadequate research about your potential employer
6. Concentrating too much on what you want
7. Trying to be all things to all people
8. "Winging" the interview
9. Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates
10. Failing to ask for the job
4 Top Tips:
1. Learn about the company
2. Have a specific position in mind that you'd like to fill
3. Review your qualifications for the job
4. Be ready to briefly describe related experience
Common non-verbal mistakes:
* 67% Fail to make eye contact
* 47% Have little knowledge of the company
* 38% Don't smile
* 33% Have bad posture
* 33% Fidget too much
* 26% Have a weak handshake
* 21% Play with their hair or touch their face
* 21% Cross their arms over their chest
* 9% Use too many hand gestures
4 Questions most likely to be asked:
1. "What was your experience like at...?"
2. "Why do you want to work for us?"
3. "What do you know about our company?"
4. "Why did you leave your previous job?" [Or I suppose this could be changed to "Why are you thinking of leaving your current job?"]
What determines 1st impressions?:
* 55% by the way dress, act and walk through the door
* 38% by the quality of your voice, grammar and confidence
* 7% by the words you choose to say
What can have an impact on 1st impressions?:
* 70% claim they don't want applicants to be overly fashionable or trendy
* 65% say clothes can be a deciding factor between similar candidates
(Brightly coloured clothing is bad apparently!)