Win the job interview in under 10 minutes

Most employers make up their minds about candidates within the first few minutes of the interview. So, starting off strong and making the right first impression are crucial for landing the job. You are under scrutiny from the moment you arrive for an interview. From your casual small talk and handshake, to body language and…

New study determines the precise length of the perfect handshake

You have to get this right. Your handshake with a potential employer at the outset of a job interview really matters. A new study from the University of Dundee’s School of Social Sciences found that the length of time you spend shaking hands can set the tone for the rest of your interaction. Research has…

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,…

Study: You have between 5 and 15 minutes to impress an employer

We hear a great deal about the importance of first impressions and how you can make or break your chances of getting hired at a job interview by the time the handshake is over. But is it true? While there probably are examples of people tanking their initial impression (and odds of landing the job)…

Six body language secrets to master before your next job interview

First impressions are made quickly. Earlier we reported on how the very first sentence you say in a job interview can make or break your chance of getting hired. That’s because it is during your initial meeting and first conversation with an employer that their first impression of you is being formed. At least you…