First impressions are lastly so how do you go about leaving an impression on a potential employer or peer? A good or great first impression can create a positive role in the minds of your interviewers or while networking.
- The most important thing to do for giving a good impression is to set your intention. This is especially important before any kind of interview. As you get ready or when you are driving over think about the possible questions and how to answer them articulately.
- Think about your appearance. Clothes, make-up, jewelry, watches and shoes are all types of ornamentation and people definitely take these into account when making initial judgments.
- Be conscious of your body language. Body language is a crucial part of first impressions. Everything from your posture to how you carry yourself to the way you’re angling your body. Being aware of your body language can result in immediate improvements. Another way to examine your body language is to look at yourself on a video walking around a room. Subconscious cues to keep in mind include noticing where you point your feet, the position of your shoulders, and most importantly the way you shake hands.
- Do not go out on bad days. People who go to cocktail events or networking events after having had a bad day typically continue to have a bad day. If you are in a depressed or anxious mood, others will pick up on this from your facial expressions, comments and body language. If you’re having a bad day, stay home!
- Engagement. If you are truly interested in meeting people and are open to learning about who they are, they will get this in a first impression, be interesting and be interested in what others have to say.
Do not just answer questions, show some depth and engagement by conveying your personality while having a conversation.
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