First 12 words candidates say make or break the interview

First 12 words candidates say make or break the interview

Recruiters have already made up their minds about candidates within minutes of first meeting them, according to a new report.

Resurgo Trust, a charity which helps disadvantaged people into work, has conducted a study which found that recruiters judge jobseekers almost instantaneously on the quality of their small talk.

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  • Voice of Reason
    Voice of Reason@ Jacky Price
    Wed, 3 Feb 2016 4:04pm GMT
    You're wrong.
  • Jacky Price
    Jacky Price
    Tue, 2 Feb 2016 5:21pm GMT
    I find the idea of small talk being exclusive to privileged backgrounds a little offensive, narrow-minded and elitist.
  • Claire Farley
    Claire Farley
    Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:49am GMT
    This article really confirms by belief that traditional interviewing really should not be the only basis upon which you employ someone. Companies should start to think differently about interviewing full stop. It's far too one sided towards the recruiting company not the candidate. If you want to see the true working style of someone you need to see them in action, not judge their competence or their fit for the role based on asking them a series of questions.
  • John
    John
    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 3:01pm GMT
    Hmmm, yes and no. I think recruiters (me included) definitely make certain assumptions about people very quickly but I'd base my decision on the whole meeting, not just the first few seconds.

    However...... how someone comes across in that first initial contact is often a very good indicator of what they are like. So while I wouldn't reject someone based on the first 12 words, I'd actually be surprised if they turned out better than they first seemed.

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