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Most Hiring Managers Form Opinion Of Candidate Within 10 Minutes

The majority of human resources managers indicated that within the first 10 mi

The majority of human resources managers indicated that within the first 10 minutes of an interview, they have formed either a negative or positive perception of that person, according to a survey recently conducted for a finance staffing firm.

Three-fifths, or 60 percent of respondents, indicated that they have formed this opinion of a candidate within the aforementioned time frame, and 18 percent specified that they only need five minutes or less to draw conclusions about an applicant.

The finance staffing firm created the survey, and the poll was then administered by an independent research firm. The research company that took the survey contacted more than 500 human resources managers at companies based in the United States with 20 or more employees.

The respondents were asked to answer the question "How long does it typically take you to form either a positive or negative opinion of a job candidate during an initial interview?"

The median response, or the time identified by the largest number of participants, was for a period of between six and 10 minutes. More than two-fifths, or 42 percent of respondents, specified this time frame. In addition to the 16 percent who indicated that getting an opinion of a candidate generally requires five minutes, 2 percent said they needed less than five minutes.

One-tenth of participants, or 10 percent, stated that they need between 11 and 15 minutes, and another 17 percent indicated their time requirement as being between 16 and 20 minutes. Fewer than one-tenth, or 9 percent of respondents, indicated that they need between 21 and 30 minutes, and another 1 percent said they require more than 30 minutes.

"Candidates are under scrutiny from the moment they arrive for an interview," Max Messmer, chairman of the finance staffing firm and author of Job Hunting Kit For Dummies®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), said in the statement. "Job seekers should convey their professionalism, including through their body language, and be able to quickly highlight the value they bring to the organization using a well-honed elevator pitch."

The finance executive added that candidates need to keep in mind that they don't just need to impress the person providing the interview, and that "hiring managers often seek feedback from everyone who interacted with the interviewee -- from administrative staff to the person's potential peers." 

The Tennessean reported recently that having the right attire is crucial for making the right impression, as people often form an opinion of someone within 30 seconds. 


Steve Anderson
Title: CFO
Company: Community Health Center of Branch County
(CFO, Community Health Center of Branch County) |

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