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March 6th, 2015

Here are some key statistics that have been put together to highlight important factors at a job interview:

In a survey of 2000 bosses, 33% claimed that they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone or not

Common non verbal mistakes made at a job interview:

21% – Playing with hair or touching face
47% – Having little or no knowledge of the company
67% – Failure to make eye contact
38% – Lack of a smile
33% – Bad Posture
21% – Crossing arms over their chest
9% – Too many hand gestures
26% – Handshake that is too weak
33% Fidgeting too much

Statistics show that when meeting people, the impact is:

7% – From what we actually say
38% – The quality of our voice and overall confidence
55% – The way we dress, act and walk through the door


70% of employers claim that they don’t want employees to be fashionable or trendy
65% of bosses said clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates

10 most common mistakes made at a job interview:

10: Over explaining why you lost your last job
9: Conveying that you’re not over it
8: Lacking humour, warmth or personality
7:Not showing enough interest or enthusiasm
6: Inadequate research about a potential employer
5: Concentrating too much on what you want
4:Trying to be all things to all people
3: Winging the interview
2: Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates
1: Failing to ask for the job

5 Questions most likely to be asked

5: Tell me about your experience at…….

4: Why do you want to work for us

3: what do you know about our company

2: Why did you leave your last job

1: Tell me about yourself