How to Make the Best First Impression at an Interview

What is in a first impression?

Say your resume got plucked out of the stack and now you landed a great interview.

You begin prepping for the interview, you practice tough questions, well thought out answers, and the professional yet funny jokes you’ll tell.

From your social media channels to the moment you walk in the door all eyes are on you to make a great first impression. The secretary is judging you (trust us on this). Remember, you only get once chance to make the best first impression you possibly can.

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Anatomy of a job interview

So, before you stroll into your next interview without confidence and a lack of words read some of our success tips:

Show Up on Time

“If you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late.” If your dream job is on the line don’t be late, It seems cliche to mention but people forget how important it is to show up on time.

Running late? Call as soon as possible to let your interviewers know. They’ll appreciate a heads up instead of an excuse when you finally arrive.

Dress the part

A good rule of thumb is to be overdressed than underdressed. If you are applying at a startup company it can be okay to interview in jeans and a nice button up to land the job. If you think suits are too boring dress them up with a tie or pocket square that shows your creativity.

Just remember, if your clothes are wrinkled or you’re dressed too casually, it may send a wrong signal about your casual attitude towards the interview and the job.

Pack the Essentials

Resume and folder. Check. Business card. Check.

Other than that please don’t come into the interview with your cup of coffee or gum you were chewing on to help calm your nerves. It doesn’t seem like a big deal because everyone drinks coffee or chews gum. However, for your first impression you don’t want to come off as nervous or tired.

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Remember the receptionist?

They do more than check you in and tell the interviewer you are there. At many companies they judge your demeanor, your attitude and how much you play around with your cell phone.

Take out your resume or cover letter and practice key points for the interview. It makes you seem prepared or interested instead of playing Candy Crush on your phone.

Figure out how you fit in

The interviewer is trying to figure out if you’ll fit in well with the culture of the workplace.

Do your research before hand and discover what the organization is all about. Do they have fun on their social profiles? Is there a specific client you really love? Find a way to prove to them in the interview that you are on of them.

Find a Connection

Try and make a connection with the interviewer,  It doesn’t have to be big just something to get your foot in the door.

Mention their degree, awards, or the pin they are wearing (OH! you went to Georgetown too). If you can form an instant connection your chances of getting the job improve substantially. People hire people they like.

First impressions influence the way people perceive you. With these tips you can start your interview out on the right foot, and be more confident. Your new found confidence could be the key to your new job.

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Remember, you only get once chance to make the best first impression you possibly can. And you don’t want to let that chance go.

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