2 Minute Tuesday | Cracking the Code: Mastering Interview First Impressions to Secure Your Success

Taylor Maurer Senior management partner with Heavy Civil Resource Consultants back with another 2-MT tip of the week and adding to our interview preparation and strategy sessions. You can more interview advice on our website at hcrc.us.

Alright, today we discuss interview first impressions. Let’s dig in…

Interview first impressions really set the tone for a great interview. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that 52% of interviewers make their decision about a candidate in between five and fifteen minutes of the interview. This is why it is so crucial to make a great impression at the onset of the interview.

Here are some tips to start off the interview on the right foot.

When it comes to making a positive impression, it’s important to remember that spoken words only account for 7% of how others perceive us. The tone of voice accounts for 38%, while body language carries the most weight at 55%. Therefore, during the interview or meeting, it’s essential to maintain a positive tone and posture. To convey confidence and enthusiasm, sit up straight and lean in when others are speaking to you. Make sure to make frequent eye contact, as it shows engagement and interest. A confident and friendly tone of voice will also help create a positive impression. Keeping your answers concise and to the point will demonstrate that you are confident and knowledgeable. It’s also important to be mindful of your non-verbal cues. Avoid crossing your arms, as it can signal defensiveness or disinterest. Instead, keep your arms relaxed and open. Nodding your head occasionally when others are speaking shows that you are actively listening and engaged in the conversation. Another crucial aspect of making a great first impression is to be prepared. Research the company and the position you are applying for beforehand. This will allow you to speak confidently about how your skills and experiences align with the company’s goals and values. It will also show your genuine interest in the position. Lastly, don’t forget the importance of a warm and genuine smile. Smiling not only portrays friendliness, but it also helps to create a positive and welcoming atmosphere. It can help you establish a connection with the interviewer and make you more memorable. In conclusion, making a great first impression during an interview is of utmost importance. Pay attention to your body language, tone of voice, and overall demeanor to convey confidence and enthusiasm. Be prepared and knowledgeable about the company and position you are applying for. And don’t forget to wear a warm and genuine smile. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to starting off the interview on the right foot and increasing your chances of success.

You can more interview advice on our website at hcrc.us.



Taylor Maurer

Taylor Maurer

Taylor is a seasoned professional with a strong background in heavy civil construction and recruiting. He began their career in 2004 at Kimmel & Associates and rose through the ranks to Vice President. Taylor achieved numerous accolades, including a record-breaking retainer agreement, C-level placements, and consistent high billing performance. In 2017, he founded HCRC Inc., offering a range of consulting services beyond recruitment. Taylor is also an avid adventurer and family person, with a passion for long-distance backpacking, motorcycle riding, and outdoor activities.