4 Ways to Ensure the Interviewer Won’t Forget You!

Being able to create a positive first impression during an interview is important not only for your career, but first impressions can also be favourable to build personal relationships based on respect.

Why is the first impression particularly important for Hiring Managers especially?  When people first meet, our brains make approximately 9 decisions concerning what to think about the other person.

In order to make a positive and more importantly, long-lasting first impression, we have compiled a list of 4 main points to ensure that you have an optimistic effect on your interviewer after your first and most crucial meeting.

Appearance

Appearance & attire play an important role as humans are naturally visually inclined. People habitually make mental notes on superficial characteristics such as:

  • Body image.
  • Tall, short.
  • Healthy appearance.
  • Clothes (style and quality).
  • Hairstyle & accessories.

Anything that we see and can be used to confirm who we are as employees and our professional traits. Of course this is only a small portion of the overall image you portray. Read our article that focuses more on what to wear for a formal job interview and more preparation tips.

Behaviour & Body Language

How you conduct yourself and your body language says a lot about you as a person as well as your business etiquette on a professional level. Do you give eye contact and shake hands with the person you’re meeting? Think about how you use your voice, a powerful instrument.

It’s important to take all of these behavioural characteristics into consideration to portray an executive presence with confidence.

Communication & Eye Contact

Controlling how you verbalise who you are and what you say is another step in creating a quality first impression.

In an interview setting, this could mean speaking highly of your skills in a self-assured manner or in the workplace making sure that you’re careful about the types of jokes that you make to a co-worker or your boss.

Be Conscious of Your Online Persona

Now more than ever before, HR departments are resorting to background checks on social media platforms to determine character. Platforms such as Linkedin and Facebook are being used to examine your digital footprint.

Be careful of what you say or post online, how would a stranger view what you choose to share. There should be no big difference between how you act online and in real life. In a genuine setting you wouldn’t share private details or political views without knowing someone in more detail.

Read more on Psychology Today about how to make a good first impression, both in your personal life and as a candidate.