It is said you only get one chance at a first impression. For
the job seeker lending an interview is a major victory that is
often turned into a major defeat when the applicant does not
make a good first impression. Three important factors will
influence in interviewer within the first second of meeting a
candidate. These factors include grooming with a
professional look, a genuine smile and eye contact.

In a 2012
interview with ABC’s 20-20, Lauren Ferrara of
Creative Circle Staffing admitted he is the first thing she
looks for - even before the handshake. Everyday Interview
says that candidates maintaining eye contact during an
interview demonstrate they have confidence, focus and
social aptitude.

Body language experts contend it is difficult for someone to
look another person in the eye when they are lying therefore
interviewers will make a negative assumption when a
candidate delivers facts and figures, major
accomplishments or past experiences while looking at the
table or off to the side. Even if wondering glances are not
while you are making glowing statements about your
abilities the recruiter will read this body language as
disinterest in the interview or the inability to focus according

Despite the importance of making eye contact in a job
interview members of generation Y often fail to do so. In fact
members of generation Y is a third less likely to make eye
contact according to a study by Forrester Institute. Many feel
this is because of the technology embraced by this
generation that diminishes the amount of personal contact in
lieu of social media and texting. This is not the case.
Forrester found that only 26% of generation Y share work
information via text message, video conferencing or video
chat while 47% of baby boomers will do so. They also
discovered that only 40% of generation Y you social media
for business while 50% of baby boomers do so.

The difficulty with the younger generation stems from
teachings that began in the early stages of education. They
have been taught many lessons about “stranger danger” that
have the unintended consequences of making them less
social as they move through adolescence into adulthood.
Chief among these is a strong teaching to not make eye
contact with someone who is not a friend or family member.

This is an important consideration recruiters need to take
into account when interviewing young potential talent. Small
talk about non-job related matters need to be handled at the
beginning of the interview in order to establish a rapport with
the applicant will begin to look at the interviewer as a
“friend”. This will not completely reduce the tendency to look
away but it will help in establishing a baseline for the ability
and likelihood of the interviewee looking the interviewer
directly in the eye.
Interviewing: Making
eye contact
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