You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Here are eight tips that will help you make a good first impression:

  1. Arrive on time.  Show up late for an interview and you can kiss the job goodbye.
  2. Look professional.  An interview is not the time for creative self- expression.  Consider the details of clothes, shoes, accessories, and personal grooming.  Everything about you will tell a story.  
  3. Greet the hiring authority with a firm handshake and a friendly smile.  A limp handshake has eliminated otherwise qualified candidates.
  4. Make eye contact.  In western culture, failing to look people in the eye is interpreted as having something to hide.  It gives the impression of being dishonest.  At the very least, it implies you have little confidence and low self-esteem.
  5. Extend common courtesy to everyone.  Behave as if everyone from the receptionist to the hiring authority’s colleagues are observing you.  You never know who will say what to whom after you leave.
  6. Walk briskly.  It gives the impression of purpose and intent.  People who shuffle appear to lack direction and have an idle mind.
  7. Minimize small talk.  It’s okay to chat briefly after an introduction, but this is not the time for spinning yarns.  Get down to business quickly.  This shows you are serious and have respect for the hiring authority’s time, as well as your own.
  8. Be readily available.  It is challenging for busy people to schedule interviews; however, you need to be as flexible as possible in accommodating requested interview schedules.  An inability to accommodate corporate schedules gives the perception that you are not enthusiastic about the opportunity to join the organization.
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