Making a great first impression in a job interview can be the difference between getting an offer and getting passed by. And according to research, you may only have a few moments.
People make snap judgments about each other within one tenth of a second, a Princeton University study shows. In a blink of an eye, hirers draw conclusions about your likability, trustworthiness, competence and aggressiveness.
And, the study suggests, those first impressions stick: Hirers quickly begin to expect you to conform to the ideas they've just begun to form about you. If you seem familiar and friendly, you could get an offer. If you seem sloppy or overly aggressive, you could be overlooked.
To make those first few moments of your job interview count, follow these rules career experts say are crucial: