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Employers have judged you 30 seconds into an interview. Here's how to make them like you.

Your resume rocks, your cover letter charms, and now you’ve got the interview. The question is now: Can you act?

It’s not that you have to fake it – it’s that you have a very limited amount of time to show you’re a good fit.

Forbes recently reported on a Universum poll that identified the five traits employers want most. And Kathy Harris of the executive search firm Harris Allied says the top three “can be evaluated by a recruiter or hiring manager within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidate.”

Here’s what they are, and what you need to do…

  1. Professionalism (86 percent): Dress well, and walk in ready to shake hands.
  2. High-energy (78 percent): Don’t forget your coffee. Smile, be alert, and be enthusiastic.
  3. Confidence (61 percent): Do your homework and know what the company wants.
  4. Self-monitoring (58 percent): Share anecdotes about how you got important things done without being prodded.
  5. Intellectual curiosity (57 percent): Show interest in learning new things and ask questions.

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