Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
That’s a great question! Studies show that as little as 7% of verbal communication actually plays a role in first impressions, so it’s not all about the conversation, but how you present yourself in that short period of time you have to chat. Employers want to see that you can represent yourself properly before choosing to pursue you – after all, you’re going to potentially be representing their company.
How are you dressed and are you wearing the right accessories? Those trendy skinny jeans and big jewelry will send the wrong impression, so do yourself a favor and choose classy over trendy to set the right tone. Also, don’t forget how crucial a prepared and well-rehearsed 30 second elevator pitch can be to sell yourself right off the bat. If you speak confidently and passionately about your experience, successes and goals, then you’re giving the recruiter a reason to keep you in mind. Stand out in the right ways, and you’re halfway there.