It has been written that less than 10% of communication involves actual words, approximately 50% is visual and the remaining 40% is vocal delivery. These stunning figures are used to emphasize the importance of visual presentation when communicating with another human being. Especially during an interview when you are trying to put your best foot forward.
We have long known that interview attire is critical to the delivery of a great first impression. Some experts tell us that an interviewer will form his opinion within the first 10 minutes and spend the remainder of the interview justifying his position. Of course, 10 minutes is not much time to regurgitate your pre-prepared content. Between the meet and greet, a position brief and the complementary company spiel your crucial 10 minute period is just about up.
So you could conclude from these figures that your interview attire together with your introduction manner you may well rack up sufficient points to get over the line. Provided, of course, that you introduced yourself with perfect vocals such as pitch, tone and volume.
Furthermore, it is statistically probable that your interviewer is an average person which means his listening skills may leave a little to be desired. Studies show that we remember between 25% and 50% of everything we hear. So even if your content is a little thin on detail, much of it will probably be forgotten anyway.
The moral of the story is that interviews are not designed to grill the poor chump into the firing line. It is a social interaction between prospective colleagues. The visual and audio queues are indicators as to the intent and energy behind your content. Most interviewers are not trained in this phenomenon; it is a normal part of human interaction that we compute subconsciously and involuntarily.
The best way to appear genuinely interested is to actually be interested. But don’t confuse interest with ‘want’. You may desperately ‘want’ the job for your personal development and hold no interest in the career itself. These candidates don’t appeal to employers because once the honeymoon period ends enthusiasm tends to go with it. On the flip side, a candidate that is interested in the career path regardless of his current position will tend to stay motivated and develop with the role. Showing genuine interest in a career can be most effectively achieved through a prolonged history of relevant jobs, home projects, studies, memberships and/or certifications.
It seems that you can statistically show just about anything these days. But they say statistics don’t lie. History tells us that interview attire has been at the forefront of career development for hundreds of years. Your presentation and manner during your interview will be a heavily weighted unspoken criterion.
Most of all, you should know that 32% of article reader take their figures literally whilst the remainder are sensible about it’s interpretation. Thanks again to all my proofreaders – 64% of you were very sensible.