A study by AXA looking into the little things that mean a lot in life has revealed that it takes just eight minutes for a potential employer to make a positive or negative judgement in an interview.

 The study of 2,000 people found eye contact to be the most important factor in an interview (59 per cent), even more important than knowledge of the relevant subject which is second in the top five. The importance of smiling also shouldn’t be underestimated with almost one in three (39 per cent) people saying it’s most important to make a good impression.

 Swearing is considered the ultimate faux pas in an interview with almost half of employers saying that a candidate cursing would put them off offering them a job. Scruffy or dirty clothes (45 per cent) and lack of knowledge (44 per cent) came in second and third place in the list of bad impressions.

 And, ‘trendy’ interviewees beware – one in four (27 per cent) employers say that tattoos and piercings would make them form a negative judgement.

 Women who like to wear a full face of makeup should bear in mind that heavy makeup is a turn off for 13 per cent of female interviewers, compared to only six per cent of male interviewers.

 One in 50 (two per cent) men remove a wedding ring in the hope of making a better impression during an interview, something women never consider.


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