The science of first impressions (and why most candidates mess them up)

Meeting someone new can be nerve-wracking, particularly in a formal setting such as a job interview. This is because that meeting has serious consequences. The outcome of your first encounter with a potential employer impacts your livelihood, your day-to-day life for the foreseeable future. So, there’s a lot riding on the first impression you make…

Surprising ways candidates sabotage their own chances of being hired

I was once hiring a graphic designer to join the web team for our content marketing department. As this was an entry-level creative position, the candidates were mostly younger people, university students and recent grads. I interviewed the applicant who had the strongest resume. He had solid design skills, an impressive list of content management,…

Five job interview questions you probably shouldn’t answer honestly

You’ve probably heard that you should never lie to a potential employer during the hiring process. It’s true that not lying is generally sound advice – unless, of course, you actually want to be hired for the job. If that’s the case, then in reality, there are a number of times when honesty isn’t the…

Employer reveals the secret ‘coffee cup test’ used to rule out candidates

Not all job interview questions sound like straight-forward inquiries about your work experience and education. Employers are screening you on your behaviour from the moment you arrive until you have left the building at the end of the meeting. That’s why your appearance, your small talk, handshake, and body language are all so important. Every…

Five sentences that will get you rejected at any job interview

You probably won’t get hired for every job that you interview for. Our research has found that most Canadians have to interview for four jobs in order to get one offer. However, if you find yourself going to job interview after interview without success, it might be time to review your technique. Let’s start with…

Study: The best (and worst) colours to wear to a job interview

Research collected from surveys of roughly 2,000 job applicants, some who were successfully hired – and many more who were rejected – sheds some light on what makes for a successful job interview. The participants who were successfully hired reported having some surprising things in common. One of these was the colour of the clothes…