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The First Seven Seconds of the Interview: Make Them Count!



First impressions can be lasting impressions. How you present yourself and communicate in the first few moments of an interview can stick with you for the long haul, either helping or hurting your chances at landing the job. As a recruiter, I have interviewed countless candidates over the years, from entry-level to high-level executives. Trust me, first impressions are paramount.

How long does it take to make a first impression? Experts say only between seven and 17 seconds! So, when you’re vying for a new job, here are a few ways to make sure you’re leaving a positive impact on your interviewer.

You have very little time to make a good first impression and it’s almost impossible to take it back, so it’s worth giving every encounter your best shot. Each new meeting presents an opportunity to meet new people and expand your network.

Much of what you need to do is common sense. That said, when you give yourself extra time to prepare and put further thought into your actions, you can hone your intuitive style and make every first impression not just good, but great.

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Now that you’re prepared to make your best impression, it’s time for you to review our openings at Edelman!

Julie Biber is managing director, global recruitment at EdelmanFollow Julie on Twitter @julesbiber and LinkedIn.

  • Carolina Pietoso

    This is great insight for other situations as well. In a meeting, we’re also looking to impress and be impressed. Great pieces of advice!

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