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Be that true or not, it is a matter of a fact that it takes only a couple of seconds or maybe minutes to get a complete first impression about someone. One of the places where first impressions are extremely important are job interviews. There are two levels (sometimes only the second, in smaller systems) on which first impressions work in the job-searching world:
1. In the first circle(s) of selection, and especially if it is a massive response to the job opening, HR specialists are usually overcrowded with conversations. In that situation, first impressions play a very important role. When thy have a lot of potential candidates to process, recruiters tend to speed up the process as much as possible, and first impressions will play an important role there. Your posture, tone of voice, how you're dressed, your oratory skills etc. Those are just some of the things that recruiters process in their heads in the first couple of seconds, and in the lower circles of selection this first impression can often mean the difference between being called for next round of conversations or not. So try to sit up straight, be confident (but not over-confident because you can come off as ostentatious, and you do not want that); there is also a whole science of what kind of clothes to wear, and what different colors mean when you wear them to your interviews. Remember to be confident, maintain eye contact, but don't make it awkward, and set your eyes on the prize (job) even before you get into that meeting room.
2. Second level on which first impressions work in the job searching world are those in the final circles of recruitment, when there are fewer candidates left, and when it's usually the time to interview with the management of the company. Those are commonly people who are already seasoned in that line of work, and know exactly what they are looking for. That's where the first impression comes into play with them. It's not bad to do a little research, or ask around with people who work, used to work or know somebody who works at that particular company about some details in their job interviews.
There is, of course, a possibility to go a bit outside of these borders. For example, when I interviewed for one of my previous jobs, I was 100% sure that it is a complete match for me. All the things they wanted and all the things I wanted and knew coincided with each other perfectly. I was so overconfident in my knowledge that I came off a bit irritating to the people who interviewed me, which I found out later. My then boss told me, and this is an exact quote: "The choice came down from 300+ people to you and one girl, and you were a stronger candidate for the position; but my God how you went on my nerves in that conversation with your overconfidence and bragging, I was just half a step away from not hiring you."
Of course, if there are any skill tests in the process of getting that job, you can correct any mistakes you've made in an interview by excelling at those, and showing your professional traits, but most of the employers, in my experience, will often take even a bit weaker worker with better people skills and with higher likability as a person (which honestly makes me wonder how I got any jobs).
In conclusion - first impressions are more important than one might think, but often are not the crucial part of one's interview. Still, that doesn't mean you should by any case not pay enough attention to this particular part of the process. Be the best version of yourself for the first seven seconds, after that it's all smooth sailing.