We hired a new programmer.
After she was with us for a while, she said that I much different to work with than she expected, based on the interview. I went down a list, looking at her over my reading glasses. Then, after she started, she learned that I did all training.
I asked her why she left her last job after only a month. They said that they wanted her expertise with a certain product, but they cancelled that project months before her first interview. They hired her to increase their black and female percentages.
I said, “That is not why I recommended you. You are smart, can learn on your own, and I don’t have to send you to a bunch of classes.” She did great, just as I expected.
My reply sounded kind of gruff to me now, but looking back, it was probably one of the best compliments she ever had.
A lot of times, the first impression may be based on circumstances, which may never occur again.