According to a nationwide survey from CareerBuilder taken from November 4 to December 1, 2015, among more than 2,500 hiring and human resource managers, while job candidates might take their time when prepping for an interview, it doesn’t take long for a hiring manager to make a decision. Fifty percent of employers say they know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position.
Respondents reported that the most common interview questions ask include:
- Tell me about yourself: 55%;
- Why do you want this job?: 50%;
- Why did you leave your last job?: 50%;
- What is your greatest strength and greatest weakness?: 49%; and
- Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it: 48%.
An impressive resume and cover letter can get a candidate an interview; however, body language mistakes can completely undermine these efforts and derail a candidate’s chances of getting hired. When asked to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make, hiring managers shared:
- Failing to make eye contact: 67%;
- Failing to smile: 39%;
- Playing with something on the table: 33%;
- Having bad posture: 30%;
- Fidgeting too much in their seats: 30%;
- Crossing their arms over their chests: 29%;
- Playing with their hair or touching their faces: 27%;
- Having a weak handshake: 21%;
- Using too many hand gestures: 11%; and
- Having a handshake that was too strong: 7%.