If you want to know if someone is good at their job, watch them do it for 30-60 seconds, a research says. But take that with a pinch of salt because not everyone is cut out for excellence all the time.
Circumstances, situations, environments, people present, everything plays a role and must be considered before judging someone at something. That’s why face to face interviews often prove the contrary and only working with them over time shows what they are really capable of. Hence, the reason why most companies follow the concept of probationary periods of 3 to 6 months or sometimes even up to 1 year before confirming the employment.
We need to give them time to help them prove that they are capable of greater things than the ones that are possible to squeeze in just few seconds.
We all pay more attention to people who are comparatively charming, pretty, confident, and talkative. The first moments or days with them fall into mental inertia and a kind of distorted reality sets in. And so we tend to take the time to evaluate them.
Studies show that if someone seems extroverted, confident, religious, or conscientious, they probably are. Similarly, funny people are smart – effective humour production acts as an honest indicator of intelligence in humans. Having a knack to read and understand people and give them time under any circumstances is important than always taking first impressions into consideration.
Cheers, and good luck!