The 10 Biggest Minutes of Your Interview

By Joe Turner

You've heard it said often in the past: "First impressions are the most important." When it comes to the job interview, here's recent proof that bears this out: "Hiring managers often know whether they might hire someone soon after the opening handshake and small talk", a new survey suggests. Executives polled said it takes them just 10 minutes to form an opinion of job seekers, despite meeting with staff-level applicants for 55 minutes and management-level candidates for 86 minutes, on average.