💼 First impressions are crucial. 💼
Think of an instance where you meet someone new in a social setting – you try to work out who they are, judge them and come to a conclusion fairly immediately. This is no different for any Interviewer(s).
Making the right first impression involves:
- How we present ourselves/our posture.
- Do we appear confident/nervous?
- If we smile, frown or look scared?
- Do we make eye contact/too much eye contact?
- Our handshake and body language.
I take clients through all of the above (if required), it is very difficult to tell what your own ticks are or how you present yourself.
- When you practice with a coach and or learned friend, practice entering the room and all of the intial introductions/ice-breakers/handshake/posture etc.
- Evaluate how you did through feedback, work on improving weaknesses.
- Make eye contact (but not too much), dont stare or gaze but focus when emphasizing a point. Share eye contact with all Interviewers irrespective of who posed the question.
- Sitting up and slightly forward in an interview shows a candidate is engaged, interested, is listening and creates the right impression.
⚡️ Competence breeds confidence, if you are prepared for the Interview, this shines through in every aspect of how you present yourself. ⚡️
I am interested to hear any comments or additional tips on what else matters most for forming the best first impression?
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