First Impressions Set the Tone in an Interview

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Anyone who has been or will be in an interview needs to recognize an important fact: first impressions truly make a difference.

Someone who looks good on paper, or who speaks well on the phone, may sound like the right candidate, but a face to face meeting may prove otherwise. In person, non-verbal communications play a big part in analyzing character and even ability.

Although knowledge and skills are key elements in hiring decisions, a person who does not make a good impression in person may well be passed over for a job. The first 15 seconds of an interview can determine the fate of the applicant.

So how do you make a first impression that will get you past the initial interview hurdle? Here are some suggestions from the experts:

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