First Impressions Last

First Impressions Last

 18 Jul 2019

It is said that at an interview or when meeting someone for the first time within the first 60 seconds that person would have formed an impression of you and your personality.  Whatever timeframe you have heard please disregard it but always remember making a good first impression means everything. Here are some top tips on how to make the best first impression:
  1. Body Language:
The majority of this is based around your body language (non-verbal clues) with a small percentage being based vocally on what you say.  Remember your posture when sitting or standing (try not to slump).  Eye contact, (don’t be nervous) look that person straight in the eye and smile – your facial impression is the most important part and shows your attitude. 
  1. What to wear:

If it’s a job interview - if it’s based in an office, then a suit should generally be the best attire. 

If it’s a networking event - try to splash on a bit of colour, it will make you stand out in the crowd. 

On a first date - if you want to dress to impress grab a load of your favourite outfits and choose something that is appropriate for your date location. 

First day in your new job - go by your company dress code and try to wear comfortable/sensible footwear.

  1. Planning Ahead:
If you are attending a job interview or meeting up with someone  - make sure you look into where the meeting location is, plan your route and try to arrive early (if you set off early this will still give you time to get there in case anything unexpected happens on the Day).  It will also create a good first impression on your time keeping skills.  If you prepare yourself ahead of time and have an idea of what you will say when you meet the other person, it shows you are serious. 
  1. In the Meeting:
Give a good firm handshake when you meet the other person it’s seen as professional and engaging.  Stand when you meet them and introduce yourself and speak clearly, it’s easier said than done sometimes but try not to let the nerves get the better of you.  Sit down when the other person has invited you to, don’t just plonk yourself down.  Also, use the person’s name it creates that personal attentive touch. 
 
And then of course there is the don’ts to a first impression:
  • don’t be on your phone
  • don’t chew gum
  • don’t talk over the other person
  • don’t touch the other person apart from shaking their hand
  • don’t brag or lie or pretend to be something you are not
If you remember these tips you will do well and apart from this just be yourself, as Marilyn Monroe once stated:
 
“Always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” 

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