Fact: you only have 7 seconds to make a first impression.

After that your interviewer has pretty much made up his mind. Of course you can still change it but why to risk when all you need to do is to take a few simple steps to make sure you have them interested from first seconds.

First Impressions aren't just what you say...

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Body Language

Studies show that body language and posture have a major effect on the first impression you make. Simply put, how do you enter the room?

This includes your facial expression, how you sit, and the moves you make. This video will help you to get the idea about how to adjust your body language to make the right first impression.

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Dress to Impress

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Your appearance is a major factor that affects the outcome of the interview. Fortunately, dressing for an interview is not as complicated as many people think.

While some industries might require some special guidelines on clothes, most work places stick to business casual dress-code. Clean jeans and a shirt will do in most cases. Don’t wear your pyjamas to the interview, don’t wear your sports costume. Make sure that the clothes you put on aren't wrinkled and don’t have any old stains.

Opening Lines

What you say and what tone of voice you choose when you meet your interviewer is another key factor you will be judged by. To make the best impression, consider these tips:

  • Use their name and say thank you for their time

    Hey John, nice to meet you and thank you for taking time to meet with me today!

  • If your interview takes place in the company office, you can find something you like about their office and give them a compliment.

    Wow I love your office plants!

  • Tell them that you're excited about this opportunity. It makes them feel good!

    I've been looking forward to this all week!

Remember to smile and share your excitement. Speak a bit louder than your regular tone, but make sure not to whisper or yell.

Summary

Making a first impression can seem scary, but by following these tips you can put your best foot forward.

For the most success, practice with a friend! Pretend you're meeting for the first time, and try out these tips. You'll feel more prepared and confident when it's time for the real thing.

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