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Published on 04 Jan 2012 | over 5 years ago

A job interview can be a stressful situation for anybody. Interviews provide insight into how a person may "fit" into the employer's organization. An interviewee's personal and professional demeanor will be scrutinized intuitively and/or deliberately by the interviewer.

Believe it or not, a hiring decision may oftentimes be influenced by the interviewer's perceptions of the applicant during the opening moments of an interview. These first 30 seconds are a crucial opportunity for a job seeker to convey appropriate tact in their greeting, handshake, posture, speech, eye contact, and numerous other verbal and non-verbal language. The interviewer is a human, too, and although he/she is looking for a litany of skills and characterstics, he/she will also inevitably detect subtle subtext from an interviewee's individual and interpersonal presentation.

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