A hiring manager can often tell if you’re the right fit for his or her organization just minutes after the two of you shake hands. In a Robert Half survey, executives polled said it typically takes them only 10 minutes to form an opinion of a candidate during an employment interview, despite meeting with staff-level applicants for nearly an hour, on average.
With such a short amount of time to interact with a hiring manager, how can you evoke a positive response? Projecting confidence and enthusiasm is key, so keep the following advice in mind:
Dress to impress. For better or worse, a good part of the impression an interviewer first forms of you depends on how you’re dressed. So wear a nice suit or business-appropriate dress, even if you know the office to be a casual environment.
Remain calm. One of the best ways to make a good first impression is to quell any pre-interview jitters. Plan to arrive at the interview destination 10-15 minutes early. This will give you time to compose yourself and relax a little.