It is human nature to make quick judgements about people based on first impressions. Employers are no different when it comes to assessing job candidates. Sometimes very qualified candidates are overlooked because they did not make a good first impression. Remember first impressions are made in the first 10-15 seconds.
Here are a few tips to master making a good first impression.
1. Be on time. This means plan accordingly. Anticipate possible snags whether it be traffic, weather or road construction. Be sure to have the address, phone number and name of person you are meeting with you in the event you do run late.
2. Be prepared. Bring extra copies of your resume, 2 working pens, your calendar and a portfolio with a writing tablet. Also be sure you bring questions to ask during the interview.
3. Look put together. This can’t be overstated enough. We quickly judge people by how they look. If you look the part, you have have come close to mastering the first impression. This includes clean, pressed, matching, age and season appropriate attire including shined shoes.
4. Carry yourself with grace and confidence. When people slouch, fidget or look nervous, their confidence may be called into question. Good eye contact is also a good sign of confidence and leaves a good first impression.
5. Smile. This signals that you are friendly and approachable which is the foundation to establishing an engaging relationship
Getting the interview off on the right foot has everything to do with making a good first impression – all in the first 10-15 seconds.