Nicolas Boothman created a list of 20 things you can do in 90 seconds. It’s an interesting list, and I have to admit, #14 caught my attention! I’m going to try that the next time I mix up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough.
I also liked this list that was in today’s Bellville News Democrat. For students searching for summer internships or that first post-graduation job, the list shares tips about what could be the most important 90 seconds in your job search (click on the image to see the full list).
You should pay attention to all the points, but there are a few I would like to draw your attention to because they may surprise you. As noted in the article, the statistics come from a survey of 2,000 bosses. Now take a look at what may influence your potential boss:
1. Talk about first impressions! For many bosses, the way you dress, act and walk through the door tells them a lot about you. (55%)
2. Relating to the way you dress, you might want to hold back on the latest fashion trends. Most bosses seem to still go for the conservative look. (70%)
3. Staying with this fashion faux pas theme, consider how important your clothing choices are when bosses say clothes can be the deciding factor between two similar candidates. (65%)
4. You not only have to walk the walk, but talk the talk. The other interesting statistic is that the quality of your voice, grammar and overall confidence has a far greater impact than what you actually say. (38% vs. 7%)
I highlight these four points, but you certainly don’t want to avoid the other tips either. For example, when you do talk, be sure you know what you are talking about, which includes knowing about the company you are interviewing with. Having little or no knowledge about the company was noted as one of the most common mistakes made by job seekers.
And remember that chapter on nonverbal communication during your interpersonal communication class? If not, now is the time to refresh your memory. Nonverbal communication has a tremendous impact on your interviewing success.
So, what can you do in 90 seconds? Pull up a chair and let’s chat.