Do First Impressions Count?
Whether in an interview or formal gathering, how you look and behave, matters a lot – and you only get one chance to give your first impression. You should be ready all the time to show your best.
Making a good impression at work makes you more successful in your professional career. You should have the feelings that if you blow the first impression, you will never stand up on your footing again.
In this guideline, I will discuss the importance of first impressions and how you can make them count.
How to make a good impression at a job interview?
How you start the interview is the most important thing. Therefore, your beginning should be as good as possible. Following are some useful tips that you should keep in mind:
“Practice makes perfect,” yes that is what practice will do with your first impression. Review the FAQ’s of interviews, and practice on how to answer them.
You should not be overdressed or underdressed at interview. Wear what suits you and the potential place of employment, but look sharp and professional.
Study about the company
Do not go to an interview without studying anything about the company. Analyse what is the mission of the company, and read thoroughly about company’s products, services, and customers.
Review job posting
Read the job posting again and again and analyse which skills the employer is looking for. Then evaluate if you have those skills or not.
Some other first impression tips include:
Be on time
If you are meeting with someone, he or she will not be interested in listening to your good excuse. Always try to arrive before time as it is much better than arriving late.
Present yourself properly
The person you are meeting with does not know your personality so try to impress him/her with proper physical appearance.
However, it does not mean that you should go over the top. Wear attire which suits your personality.
Be at ease
If you are not feeling comfortable in the meeting, you will not be able to get anything positive from it. Be yourself and remain calm, and also try to put the other person at ease.
Do whatever you need to do to look confident
Have complete confidence in your body language is the most important thing. Do whatever it takes to look confident. You should have confidence in your words and actions.
Find common ground
To put a lasting first impression, it is necessary to discuss the topic in which you and the other person are both interested in.
First, listen to that person and then give your point of view on the matter. This will give the impression that you are listening to the person and also interested in that topic.
Making a good impression is very important in any situation. First impressions set the tone for the coming relationship.
Therefore, it is important for you to put your best, at the start. I hope that this guide will prove useful for you in making your first impression the last impression.