How to make a good first impression during an interview
|A firm handshake can land you a job|
Interviews are 100% subjective. It seems unfair; but your potential career is in the hands of a handful of people who will only talk to you for an average of 20 minutes. Studies show that first impressions are made in an average of 7 seconds, as an applicant you have to make sure that those first few seconds work to your advantage.
Appearance does matter.
Your goal in choosing your attire is to look like you are a seamlessly fit into the company you are applying for. Do some research on their dress code, and plan your outfit accordingly. If you are applying for corporate positions business attire is a must, however if the are gunning for a job in a creative field, make sure to inject more of your personality to your outfit. The basics still apply, nothing too revealing or casual. Basic hygiene, and a spritz of cologne are definite musts.
The interview starts sooner than you think.
Be the most charming and polite version of yourself the minute you step into the office. Impeccable manners towards the receptionist and the security guards say a lot about you. Maintain an eager, amiable face while waiting and treat every person who chats you up as a potential interviewer, you never know, they might be able to put in a good word for you.
Practice a firm handshake and an enthusiastic introduction
It’s very likely that you’re not the first person or only person being interviewed for the position. Your goal is to make sure he or she remembers your name. Look your interviewer in the eye while stating your complete name clearly. Energy and enthusiasm when you introduce yourself would convey your interest in the company. Make sure you can offer a firm (and dry!) handshake for a sense of professionalism. Plus always remember to smile; it does wonders for person’s impression of you.
About the Author
Nor Franco is the Founder and Managing Consultant of nextManager.net, a Management Consultancy startup serving businesses in the US and Australia. He’s a former corporate executive whose passion is bringing out the full potential of HR in Businesses. This time that passion is pursued through Virtual Management. He loves blogging about practical tips on management issues, career and personal development. Follow him on Twitter.
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