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The 90 Second Interview

Recently, I was reading an article from Undercover Recruiter. The survey results were not too surprising to us from the older generations, but many in the under 40 crowd will definitely not like the findings. Of 2000 bosses surveyed, 33% said they knew within the first 90 seconds of the interview whether they would hire the applicant or not.

What you need to know in a nutshell:


  1. 65% said clothes and the way in which they were worn was a deciding factor when comparing applicants. If they did not dress to the interviewer’s standards… forget it.  File 13.
  2. 55% said the way a person dresses, walks into the office and acts heavily influenced their opinion of the person. Dress, act, walk in like you don’t care – the company will not care either.
  3. 67% of the hiring authorities said the lack of eye contact did not reflect well
  4. Number one request: “Tell me about yourself.”   Practice your answer and get it right.
  5. Number one mistake: Not asking for the job.
  6. Having no knowledge of what the company does is one of the most common mistakes.  If you don’t care enough about the company to visit their website, then they don’t need you.


Other items that knocked applicants out of the running were: not smiling, bad posture, crossing your arms, and the lack of enthusiasm. Additional questions you should be prepared for are:


  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Tell me about how your experience relates to this job.
  • Why did you leave your last job?


Now that you know this: be prepared, look the part of a person who wants the job, and know what job you are going after. Good luck!