We all at some point have been victims of first impressions during job interviews. As a job seeker, you never get a second chance to make a great first impression; always try to do your best to stand out among the many other applicants. An interviewer will form an imprint of you, your charisma, and your disposition – an impression that is practically ineradicable. All this is done within the first 10-60 seconds of the interview.
Below are points that can help you make a good first impression during a job interview:
- Tardiness: Many candidates come late for the interview which has a very negative impact on your ability to respect time, to meet deadlines, and to organize. Always try to do an interview 15 to 20 minutes earlier.
- Surfing the Internet: I have seen many candidates arrive at an interview and find them already surfing the Internet. It shows that the candidates were impatient. It is good that candidates take time to read over the job discretion or advertisement
- Weak handshake. A weak handshake with interviewers shows a lack of confidence. If you have to opportunity to do a handshake, make sure you give a firm handshake looking in the eyes of the interviewer.
- Sitting and Swinging in the interview chair: Maintain an upright posture in the interview
- Appearance: Not putting any effort into appearance will ruin your chances. Dress professionally and neatly for the interview.
- Smiling: Lighting up your smile during the interview is a great way to boost confidence
- Movement of your hands: Using your hands to dominate the interview appears brash, overconfident, or dominating. Instead, get control of your hands and listen to the interviewers.
- Take care of your personal hygiene: Make sure you take care of your personal hygiene. Get rid of the bad mouth odor and body odor. I have seen interviewers deny many candidates who fail some of these sample test