Be Your Best You
Going for a job interview can be quite daunting but if you can nail the basics of how to make a great first impression, you’ve won half the battle! Studies have revealed that first impressions are formed within 7 to 17 seconds of meeting someone, so whether it’s your career or your social life, it’s important to know how to create a memorable imprint.
Start with a positive attitude as it shows through in everything you do. Projecting a positive attitude, even in the face of criticism or nervousness will help in giving each encounter your best shot.
- Smile and make eye contact – a warm and confident smile will put both you and the other person at ease.
- A firm handshake – paired with a smile will make it even more effective – during the handshake, say “it’s nice to meet you”.
- Good posture – body language can give an insight into your mood and confidence level – sit up straight, stand tall, and be aware of nervous jitters or fidgeting by keeping them in check.
- Be yourself – honesty is the best policy; don’t try and be someone you’re not. Relax and let your personality shine, remembering to be attentive and courteous.
- Appearance and hygiene – apparently 55% of a person’s opinion is formed by physical appearance. Be careful that accessories such as ties, jewellery and makeup aren’t too loud, be mindful of overpowering fragrances and remember what your mum told you about keeping your shoes tidy!
As a Canadian living in New Zealand, the six degrees of separation in this beautiful country never ceases to surprise me and I am in constant awe of the way Kiwis develop networks and build relationships. Make a connection. Make every encounter a memorable one by being interested, and interesting.
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “the best way to predict the future is to create it”. Make every first impression not just good, but great!