120 seconds. That’s how long it takes for an interviewer to decide whether they want to hire you or not. First impressions set the tone for the interview and in the majority of cases, once that impression is set, it is not usually turned around. Here are some important tips you can use to ensure you make a great first impression.
Energy LevelShow some bounce in your step. Act like you are excited to be there and are filled with ideas.
Eye ContactLook the interviewer right in the eye to make person-to-person contact. SMILE like you are happy to see them. People instinctively react well to happy, smiling people.
Watch Your HandshakeEveryone knows that a dead-fish handshake is the kiss of death. So are sweaty palms (put baby powder in your pocket if you have to). Knowing that a handshake is so important, have you tested yours? Try shaking your loved ones’ hand and see how it works. Women in particular tend to overcompensate and shake hands too hard.
Dress AppropriatelyYou can never go wrong by dressing conservatively. If you are not sure, for example, whether you should wear a tie or not (suit for women), try asking the receptionist. Just say “I am coming in for an interview on Friday and just wondered if you could help me. What is the dress code there?” Receptionists generally love to help.
Don't OverdressI know a well-qualified executive who showed up in a double-breasted suit, expensive tie and matching handkerchief. He made his potential boss feel like a slob and wasn't invited back.
Be Aware From The Time You Hit The LobbyMany companies will ask the receptionist what they thought of you, what did you read in the lobby, and so on. One firm even asks the receptionist if the candidate washed their hands after going to the bathroom (you can hear the sink on in the lobby). From the moment you step onto the premises, make believe you are on hidden camera and put your best foot forward.
Finally, Be FriendlyTurn the interview from a question and answer session to an interesting conversation. Remember, employers hire people they like, so build rapport with the interviewer. Practice these tips, and you will see a dramatic difference in how people respond to you. Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles:
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