When you arrive for an interview for a sales position with a construction company, how long do you think you have to make a good impression? Five minutes, ten minutes, maybe the duration of the interview?
Not necessarily, according to new research. The Express reported on a survey conducted by Totaljobs, which found that in some cases you have as little as one minute to make that all-important first impression.
One in five employers have admitted that they make a decision about whether they do or don’t want a candidate within one minute of an interview beginning.
However, 40 per cent of those questioned said they’d give a candidate 15 minutes before making a decision about whether they wanted them, while a third revealed that they give people until the end of the interview before making up their minds.
Of course, when you start interviewing for construction industry jobs, you can’t know how long the person on the other side of the table will give you to impress them.
Among the things you can do to avoid losing out early on in your interview are to make sure you’re prepared by researching the company you’ve applied to and the job role you’re going for. You should also make sure you’re able to talk confidently about your previous experience and anything you’ve listed on your CV.
Last month, the Balance offered some advice for any candidates going for sales jobs, noting that these interviews are among the most challenging because your job will require you to be convincing on a daily basis and you need to show that in an interview.
Top tips if you’re going for a construction sales position include being able to answer each question with a solid example of your sales experience, and to be able to back up assertions with figures.