The first impression
They say that the first impression is the last impression. It only takes three to five seconds for someone to evaluate and form an opinion about you. That’s why many recruiters make a decision about wether to hire the candidate only whitin the first five minutes of an interview. But did you realize that candidates are also people and have the same swift judgement capabilities? But how do you create a good, lasting impression at a job interview? This article provides some useful tips to help you do this.
People make first impressions not only by what you say, but also tend to make a lot of assumptions based on your physical presentation. This does not simply include your clothes, but also accessories and personal care. Dress professionally and appropriate for the industry. When in doubt, go for the side of more formal. Being underdressed is worse than being overdressed. Dress for the job that you want but also be sure that the outfit is your style so you will feel comfortable.
Body language is a crucial part of first impressions. Being aware of your body language can therefore result in immediate improvements. Try to look comfortable, but not too relaxed. Avoid crossed arms and keep a natural and ‘’open’’ posture. Also watch out for fidgeting. Aim to appear self-assured and last but not least: smile! Smiling sends a signal that you are open and approachable.
Your attitude can make or break the interview. Show your enthusiasm, knowledge and good qualities but don’t overact. It is important to be yourself and not acting like a different person. Be yourself and be honest. Just be the best ‘you’ that you can be. Genuine people are more likeable. Be regarded as a fake person brings you nowhere.
Immerse yourself in the job and the organization and also be prepared with your own questions. This will show you’ve done research and that you’re thinking serious about the job. Thereby you can go over the questions you expect to be asked. Practice your answers so you can enter the conversation confidently. Two questions to be sure to practice answering: Which unique qualities will you bring to the job/organization? Why are you interested in this job?