The Importance of Making a Good Impression During your Interview

It is famously said that “The first impression is the last impression” in all matters relating to interaction and presenting yourself for appraisal, particularly when seeking a job.

Particularly while seeking employment – in line with the saying “Well begun is half done”, it is imperative that you are able to make an initial impact on the interviewer whether it is a single interviewer or a board or panel. In effect, with a pleasant start, you are starting off at a level higher than the rest of the competition; failing or emerging victorious in your job interview may depend on it.

Surprisingly, there is another saying which applies, quite aptly to interviews, says “All‘s well that ends well”; it must be remembered that the first impression needs to be sustained, as far as feasible, throughout the interview. And, if you can extend the feel-good factor to the end, your employment may be more or less guaranteed. There is the distinct possibility of a rough riding interview turning into a career, especially if the beginning and ending of the interview are smooth.

Lets assume that when you present your resume, it has less than a minute to please the authority perusing it; hence:

  • The resume should not be too long and
  • The first section of your resume should have the most important details of your resume.

There are other tips which will help you in keeping the interviewers in a favorable frame of mind. Some of these may be summarized as follows:

  • You should be smartly dressed in clothes matching the occasion; your grooming should be perfect according to your profile, (examples: top button should not be unfastened, tie should be in place, shoes polished suitably, hair combed and cut, clothes ironed neatly and clean),
  • The initial handshake should be firm, yet gentle,
  • There should be a smile on your face and you should be making regular eye-contact with the interviewer(s),
  • Do not be too tense; display your soft skills with aplomb,
  • Whether sitting or standing, your posture should be upright, though relaxed,
  • Your speech should be clear, unhurried and convincing,
  • Do not try to hide facts or bluff your way through, it may harm your interest now or later when you are in employment,
  • If you do not know the answer to any question, admit it; nobody is expected to know everything;

Things to avoid:

  • Avoid a slouching posture,
  • Avoid arguing or trying to prove a point,
  • Avoid trying to bluff your way,
  • Avoid complaining about issues which can be avoided,
  • Do not criticize your previous employers; if any discussion comes up, do not be aggressive and try to keep it a low-key affair,
  • Stand up when a standing person shakes your hand,
  • Do not mumble or speak too loudly or fast and
  • Appear as you normally are without any pretenses or airs.

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