Use your words!
We all use words. Just that some people use them better than others. In my university class, I talk with the students every semester about the importance of first impressions and how the content (words you use) is not nearly as important as how you are dressed, how you move, how you act, how you sound. This infographic is the one I refer to when we discuss the biases that they will face when interviewing. A few of the uncomfortable truths from the study are:
- First impressions are formed within 7 to 17 seconds of meeting someone.
- Hiring managers claim to know whether they will hire someone or not within the first 90 seconds of meeting them.
- The words you say account for only 7% of what creates a first impression.
- 67% of hiring managers said they have rejected candidates for a lack of eye contact.
- Interviewer: How much experience in programming do you have?
- Candidate A: I have a fair amount of experience in programming.
- Candidate B: I have extensive experience in programming.
- Interviewer: Why do you want this job?
- Candidate A: This is a good move for my career.
- Candidate B: This is a great move for my career.
- Candidate B is more confident about her experience than Candidate A.
- Candidate B is more interested/motivated in this job than Candidate B.
* The word "stupid" is not actually 100% banned but its use as a substitute pronoun is banned. We are loosely allowed (although discouraged) to point out an action as stupid but we are not allowed to call someone stupid.