Interviewers make a first impression of you the second you walk into the room to be interviewed. It only takes about 5 to 7 seconds before they decide whether they like the way you look, walk, and carry yourself. You definitely want to make yourself stand out from your competitors. So, what can you do to create a positive impression?
(1) Posture – walking into a room standing tall with your shoulders pulled back and head up shows confidence. It makes you look confident, but even more importantly, it makes you feel confident.
Try this test. Shuffle along with your shoulders rounded down and your head and eyes facing down. How does it make you feel? Do you feel poised? Competent? Intelligent? Or do you feel insecure, insignificant, and small?
Now try the opposite. Walk with your shoulders back and your head up. Look straight ahead. Think and act confident. Now how do you feel? I guarantee that you will look and feel more successful during your next interview when you walk into the room with good posture.
(2) Smile – You may already know that that smiling is important during an interview. But did you realize just how important it can be? Your smile is a reflection of who you are. It can make your face brighten up in a matter of a second. It can make you go from looking nervous to appearing confident instantly. Start observing people when they are smiling. How do they look? Now how do they look when they’re not smiling? Did you find that most people are instantly more likable and more self-assured when they are smiling? Use this simple tip during your next interview. Put a smile on your face before you enter the room and carry it throughout your interview!
(3) Handshake – Your handshake reveals many things about you. A strong handshake shows that you are confident and sure of yourself. A weak handshake literally feels like a wet fish. It instantly sends a message to your interviewer that you’re not quite sure of yourself. Don’t make the mistake of having a weak handshake. Fully grip your interviewers hand and shake it while looking them in the eye. It will instantly send a positive message.
(4) Eye contact – when you maintain eye contact with your interviewers, you are sending a message to them that you are confident. You are secure. You have nothing to hide. A lack of good eye contact can indicate that you are insecure. It doesn’t mean that you have to stare your interviewers in the eyes during the entire interview. In fact, it’s a good idea to look away occasionally so that you don’t make your interviewer feel uncomfortable. But, looking them in the eye most of the time when you speak will instantly leave them with a positive impression about you.
These are just a few of the powerful and impactful ways you can make a great impression during an interview.
Now I’d love to hear from you!
Have these tips ever helped you during an interview?
What are some things you have done to make a great, first impression?