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First impressions still count when it comes to job interviews

Added on: 11th July, 2018 by Rachel_10573

First impressions still count when it comes to job interviews

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Wed, 11 July 2018

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AN ONLINE survey by a Weston-super-Mare recruitment agency has revealed that first impressions are just as important now as they ever have been when it comes to getting a job (July, 2018).

AAA Recruitment, which assists jobseekers, candidates and potential employers from many industries nationwide, says more than 95% of respondents thought the first few minutes of an interview were still the most crucial.

Managing Director of the recruitment agency at Oldmixon Crescent, Andrew Tregenza, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, explained: “We polled 1,000 people online and found that candidates for jobs and potential employers still think those first few moments when people meet or e-meet play an important part in whether someone goes on to get a second interview and eventually a job offer.

“And the overriding aspect of this first time meeting relates to what someone wears and how they wear it, so being appropriately dressed for the occasion and being neat and tidy are very important.

“Even in this day and age when a lot of recruitment goes on online and people often interview potential employees via Skpe and FaceTime, what people are wearing and whether it is suitable is just as important as their qualifications, attitude and whether they answer the interview questions well.

“We live in a highly visual world and people react initially to what someone looks like as well as how they behave. It’s all part of being human.”

The survey also revealed that employers find many candidates are unprepared for their interview and have not researched the company they are hoping to work for.

Meanwhile, interviewees said they had a fear of being over dressed and tongue-tied.

“We offer candidates who come to us for help guidance on how to dress for success and what key things to do to make a good first impression. Although ties are no longer vital in many work places we still advise men to wear them to interviews along with a jacket.

“We also think a firm handshake works wonders and that eye contact is very important, so you can establish rapport with your interviewer. These are a good starting point when making a good first impression.”

The team at AAA Recruitment has a wealth of experience and knowledge in many industries but is currently focused on restaurants, hotels and leisure parks and specialises in capturing the very best talent through advertising, networking and head hunting.

For further details, please call AAA Recruitment on 0345 163 2170, visit www.aaatrainingandrecruitment.co.uk or follow the company on Twitter at @AAA_Recruitment or log on to www.facebook.com/AAARecruitmentAndTraining/.

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