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Brad Harris Talks to Fast Company about First Impressions During Job Interviews

“The questions people ask at the beginning of interviews can lead to unconscious bias,” said Brad Harris, assistant professor of management.

November 14,  2017

By Elaine Cole

What you say early during the early moments of a job interview can and will be used against you, said Harris in a Fast Company article, “These 5 Unconscious Actions Impact First Impressions at Interviews.” 

Harris told writer Stephanie Vozza that those seemingly innocent questions at the beginning of a job interview – about the weather or traffic, for example – can lead to bias. 

The article cites his research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, which confirmed that what a job candidate says during those early moments in an interview provides meaningful insight into his/her prospects.

Thankfully, Harris said any job candidate who might stumble at the beginning can rebound as the interview progresses.

“The effect of first impressions is strongest on the first few formal interview questions, but fades over the course of the interview,” Harris said. 

Read the full article here: https://www.fastcompany.com/40490607/these-5-unconscious-actions-impact-first-impressions-at-interviews.