Bring your Halo to Interviews

Published on February 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm


Try to get your arms around this: The most qualified applicant does not always get the job offer. Counterintuitive but true!

Here’s why: The job offer most often goes to the applicant who genuinely connects with the hiring manager and demonstrates they will add balance and value to the existing team’s strengths and weaknesses. The above infographic demonstrates the power non-verbal communication. Positive impressions made in the first few minutes carry a powerful and sustainable punch known as the “halo effect”. This type of conformation bias can have a lasting effect throughout the remainder of the interview. Savvy applicants will use it to their advantage. Conversely, rebounding from a negative first impression, can be a daunting task in winning the hiring manager’s favor. Beyoncé Knowles nailed it: “I’m surrounded by your embrace. Baby, I can see your halo. You know you’re my saving grace.You’re everything I need and more. It’s written all over your face. Baby, I can feel your halo. Pray it won’t fade away!”

This post was written by Lisa Jacobson

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