Friday, December 16, 2011

Would you invest in these guys?

So, these guys walk into your office and ask you to invest in their fledgling company. What do you think? First impressions?
If your answer is - I love pocket protectors and facial hair you'd be onto a winner. You'd have just invested in the original Microsoft team (see a fresh faced Bill in the bottom left hand corner?)

Now while this is clearly an old photo - it goes to remind me that first impressions aren't everything.

If you're going to a job interview, am I recommending wide lapels and orange tones? Probably not.

But if you're conducting a job interview, am I recommending you look past initial first impressions? Absolutely. I wrote in my book Retired at 27 If I can do it anyone can about a fabulous former employee who I didn't call back after a not so great first impression in a group interview (she was shy and faded into the background). Strangely, the next day she was in our office for a day's trial. I was confused. Turns out the girl I'd meant to call back had the same name as the girl who'd shown up. Not wanting to be rude we let the unexpected candidate work her trial and at the end of the day every team member she worked with insisted we hire her. First impression - not stellar. Lasting impression - Kim was and is one of the more exceptional young ladies I've ever worked with.

Where do you need to look past the first impression today?

By Kirsty Dunphey with No comments


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