Nailed it!!…or did you?
Have you ever been asked a question in an interview and felt as if you gave the best possible answer? Did you ever feel that you told a potential employer EVERYTHING they wanted to hear and totally nailed the interview?
You may be surprised to know that much more is learned from your overall responses to interview questions than from the actual words you speak when answering. A study by Mast and colleagues (2011) took a look into how accurately a potential employer can judge an interviewee during the first impression. The study had interesting findings!! While recruiters are trained to ignore their first impressions of possible job candidates, it appears that they may be fairly accurate in their quick assessments. The research revealed that recruiters were better than the average person in deciphering one’s overall personality profile from a first impression. The recruiters were also very good at detecting lies told during interviews.
You may think you are fooling a recruiter or potential employer, yet this research shows that they may be onto you if you are not acting like yourself. It is common for us to strive to tell an interviewer what they want to hear, but it may be more important to be yourself and be honest since they are probably going to be able to tell if you are trying too hard and fudging some information!
Mast, M., Bangerter, A., Bulliard, C., & Aerni, G. (2011). How accurate are recruiters’ first
impressions of applicants in employment interviews. International Journal of Selection
& Assessment, 19, 198-208. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2389.2011.00547.x
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