first impression at an interview

In lieu of National Fresh Breath Day, why not talk about making first impressions in the business world! (Pro tip: Always chew a piece of gum or mint before going into a professional situation and make sure you throw out the gum before entering. You do not want to talk to people with bad breath!)

Whether you are networking, interviewing, or meeting your co-workers for the first time, first impressions have the strongest impact on your job and career. You never get a second chance to make a first impression so it is extremely important to get it right! In today’s blog, we’ve included tips that will leave you long lasting positive impressions with everyone you meet.

Appearance

A person you meet is already getting an impression of you before you even speak. It is important to wear a smile, appear friendly, and dress appropriately. If you show up at a meeting, interview, etc… poorly groomed, it shows the people around you that you do not care. If you look put together and confident, others will feel that too.

Body Language

Your body language can also reflect someone’s view of you when meeting. Be sure to keep eye contact when speaking and greet them with a firm handshake. Shifting your eyes to other places shows that you are either lacking confidence or aren’t paying attention to what the other person has to say. Make sure you are standing or sitting straight and directing your body in their direction when communicating. This shows that you are fully engaged and interested in speaking with them.

Connect

Make sure you are not doing all the talking when you are interacting. Try to spend as much time listening as talking. It’s important that you are actually listening when the other person is speaking by keeping eye contact and asking follow up questions when relevant. Someone can tell when you aren’t giving them your full attention or actively listening. By doing this, you’ll most likely walk away with a memorable connection, as well. When you ask questions, you never know what you may end up having in common!

People will remember you when you leave a positive and lasting first impression. Always be sure to greet everyone with a smile and friendly conversation. The more confident you are, the more comfortable those you interact with will be.