How do hiring decisions get made?

The Undercover Recruiter recently posted advice for job seekers that claims 55% of the impression an applicant will make in a job interview is based on their “dress, act, and walk.”  This reinforces the idea that personal appearance is an essential aspect of professionalization — albeit not one usually addressed in college courses like CEE300 – Engineering Business Practices.

Here’s some other highlights:

  • 33% of bosses know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone
  • 65% of bosses indicate that clothes could be a deciding factor between two almost-identical candidates (see: What To Wear To An Interview).
  • 67% of bosses say that failure to make eye contact is a common nonverbal mistake.

See the entire infographic here: How Interviewers Know When to Hire You in 90 Seconds.

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11 thoughts on “How do hiring decisions get made?

  1. Brandon Olson

    Great advice both as an interviewer and interviewee. I wish some people that I interview would abide to the basics!

  2. Dana Bennewitz

    I’m surprised to see that the most common mistake in an interview is not asking for the job. I’ve always been told you should ask questions (preferably 2 or more) at the end of the interview, but have also been strongly discouraged against asking for the job during the interview. Have other people been told the same thing I have?

  3. jorgelgarcia7

    Reading through this, it looks like Dr. Seager really helped us out the second day of class when we had to present our “Read the Syllabus” assignment and he would point out when we were answers to questions. He may not have said it, but now it makes that much more sense.

  4. Miriam Woolley (@mawoolle)

    The importance of this infographic is to remind the interviewee that the interviewer is, in fact, also a person. So, remembering to make eye contact,smiling, and dressing well sells your personality compared to how a resume sells your work abilities. #cee300

  5. Sam Turner

    What I get from this is that employers are looking to hire a person that they can respect, relate to, and work with. They are not hiring your experience or your qualifications.

    1. Miriam Woolley (@mawoolle)

      I partially agree with what you read from it, but I think it is actually explaining the personal side of a job interview. In conjunction with what I said in my reply, the infographic is showing a more personable side to an interview. Your resume is what gets you the interview, but your personality and communication skills are what gets you the job. #cee30


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