The Best Way to Make a Great First Impression

We’re always told not to judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately, most people do. This is especially true of your potential employer(s) when you go for a job interview. Yes, it’s nerve-wracking and yes, it’s hard to act completely natural, but there are still plenty of ways in which you can leave a great first impression (and hopefully get the job!).

Dress the part
The key thing to think about when you’re frantically searching your wardrobe looking for something to wear is this: dress for the job you want. Appropriate attire for ladies is either a smart dress or an interview appropriate blouse with a skirt or trousers, and men should wear a suit and tie. Women should keep make-up to a minimum, and both men and women need to bear in mind that less is more when it comes to fragrance, you don’t want to over-do it!

The handshake
A person’s handshake actually says a lot about them. If your potential boss doesn’t offer their hand, the rule is to offer yours anyway as a way of letting them know that you’re pleased to meet their acquaintance (and to make clear fact that you didn’t forget the manners your mother gave you!). Handshakes should be firm, but not too firm. If you only offer a loose handshake, it may come across as a bit half-hearted. And an overly-firm handshake is a bit too eager, not to mention it makes you seem slightly, well, crazy.

Make eye contact
Nerves can get the better of our facial expressions sometimes, and we can forget to perform simple acts of friendliness such as smiling and maintaining eye contact. The latter is of extreme importance. If you don’t make eye contact, you will not make a good first impression. Averted eyes portray you to be nervous (which you might well be, but they don’t need to know that), and often ignorant as well. If you’re not giving eye contact whilst listening to your potential employer, they will take it that you’re not listening, and that does not a good impression make.

Smiling is also very important. You won’t make a good impression if you don’t look like a friendly and approachable person. You don’t need to plaster a great big grin on your face from start to finish, that would make you look weird, but flashing a smile when you first meet your prospective boss and at regular intervals whilst they’re talking to you will have them thinking you’re lovely. Before you start looking for jobs, you should sort out your smile if you’re not happy with it. If you’ve had dental treatment such as Six Month Smiles, your smile is sure to leave a lasting impression. 

Say thank you

After getting through a job interview, the chances are you just want to rush out of the door and find the nearest pub. However, a brief goodbye and quick exit will not leave a good impression with your potential employer and colleagues. You should thank the interviewer(s) for taking the time to speak to you and offering you the opportunity to learn more about the company, and let them know that you’re available if they have any follow-up questions. 

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