When you were interviewing for a job, chances are someone evoked the old adage: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” We’ve all heard the stories of the interviewer who makes up his or her mind in less than three minutes. So your clothes were pressed and words rehearsed.
On the other side of the table, companies have learned how important it is to make a good impression on a candidate during the interview. Some – realizing the pool of qualified candidates is small in most cases – take the time to court and convince a candidate that they’re the only place to work.
Once its “official” and the acceptance letter signed, however, most employers let the “honeymoon” period end, forgetting that a first impression for an employee usually lasts through the first 30 days, if not longer. According to the Human Capital Institute, 90% of employees make the decision to stay at a company within the first six months.