Within the first few seconds of meeting someone, first impressions are formed. Judging while looking for superficial indications to who you actually are is a natural human behavior. First impressions are virtually irrevocable and only happen once. If you make a terrible first impression, you risk losing your interviewers' attention and interest. Your interviewers will be captivated if you make a good first impression; they will want to learn more about you.
People will form an impression of you based on your appearance, temperament, body language, and mannerisms. In an interview, your interviewers will form a first impression based on they believe you are a good fit for the company culture.
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The following are some guidelines for making a good first impression:
- Timing: Every job sector is time-sensitive, and timeliness is used to evaluate performance. Allow plenty of time to go to the place, just in case you run into any issues that morning. Arrive at least 10 minutes early for your planned appointment. If you come early, go to the restroom and practice relaxation techniques like slow, deep breathing.
- Courtesy and politeness: Always be nice and pleasant to everyone you meet; you never know who has power.
- Appearance: Dress appropriately for your job. A suit is required for the interview. A few tips on appearance: keep your hair nicely groomed and clipped above the collar for men; press your clothes; shine your shoes; dress conservatively. In the end, consider whether you appear "put together."
- Weak handshake: Many people despise shaky handshakes. What is the best way to shake hands? Are you a sluggish fish or do you have a tight grip? A shaky handshake can convey a lack of confidence or even condescension. Yes, you read that correctly… I said it with a contemptuous tone. Kissing someone's hand or the Queen's ring is similar. A firm grip demonstrates self-assurance and respect for the person whose hand you're shaking. Practice with friends and family, and ask them to honestly comment on your grasp. You must determine what type of "shaker" you are.
To properly shake someone's hand, follow these simple steps.
- Extend your right hand to meet the right hand of the other person.
- Extend your arm at a tiny downward angle and point your thumb upward toward the other person's arm.
- When your thumb joints come together, wrap your hand around the other person's hand.
- Firmly grasp the hand and squeeze it once. Remember that weak handshakes and bone-crushing grasps are a big no-no.
- Maintain a two-to-three-second handshake.
- To demonstrate sincerity, pump your hand up and down a few times. (This is an optional gesture.)
- Excessive touching: When people are in an uncomfortable position, they may touch others excessively. You know who they are: the individual who keeps touching your arm while laughing shallowly. This is, without a doubt, a space invasion. It gives the receiver the impression that the other person is lying to them. Obviously, this is not a good interview strategy.
- Attitude: Maintain an optimistic outlook. Even if you believe you're hiding it, your attitudes show through in everything you say and do. Keep your attention on where you are and what it means to you; this is a big day for you!
- Be open and relaxed: Your body language is more important than your words, so stand straight, sit upright (even if your interviewer isn't), face front, make eye contact, and smile. Relaxing actively will bring out your inherent self-assurance.
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And, please, don't forget to switch off your phone.
Keep in mind that you only get one chance to make a first impression, one that could influence the outcome of your interview. People remember how you make them feel, so try to make them feel at ease, and you'll relax naturally.