Hiring Decisions Almost Immediate

April 16, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.COM) - Average hiring manager meetings with staff job applicants might be 55 minutes and 86 minutes for executives, but they don't need nearly that long to make a decision, according to a new survey.

A news release from Robert Half Finance & Accounting about its survey of 150 senior executives at large U.S. companies said they can reach a hire or no-hire judgment within 10 minutes.

The take-away from the survey, according to officials: There is no time to waste in an interview; every moment should be spent making the proper impression.

“The interview begins the moment job seekers arrive, so applicants need to project enthusiasm and confidence from the start,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. “The opening minutes of the conversation often set the tone for the rest of the discussion, making it wise to prepare especially well for the first few interview questions.”

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