It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a first job interview, or you’re about to go on a first date; those first impressions count. Although we’re always told that it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover, and that beauty is only skin deep, humans are hard-wired to form impressions often within seconds so it’s important to make sure you’re having a positive impact!
Why Making A Good Impression Is Important?
Make a good first impression, and it at once sets you off on the right foot. You’ll get taken more seriously. Everyone wants to hear what you have to say. Second, they’ll think positive about you and feel a lot more secure in your career.
Don’t underestimate the significance of the small details. Here are tips to keep in mind when you meet someone for the first time.
The little details make a big difference
- Your shoes. People don’t spend a moment examining shoes, today do they? Well, you’d be surprised. It’s not unlikely for a person’s gaze to slip to floor level, and if you’re wearing scuffed, sloppy shoes, they will ruin your overall image. Unless that’s the view you’re going for!
- Your personal grooming. If you shave, make sure you do it. Patchy shaving will make you appear unkempt. If you’re going for a bearded look, condition the hair and trim to make sure its not a wild mess. This is important if you’re at a business meeting.
- Take the correct bag. Whether a laptop case, rucksack or handbag, it needs to show the mood of the moment. If you’re going on a date, take something unobtrusive (lugging everything but the kitchen sink in a gigantic carryall will not impress for this event). But, if you’re attending a business interview, a smart briefcase or shoulder bag is a good choice.
- Get the correct scent. Smell matters, your clothes (and you) should be washed on the day. Also, a wise idea to spray on a suitable aftershave. If you’re looking to create an air of authority, Aventus Creed is a good option., a romantic meal might call for a more sensual scent, like Oud Wood.
- Even the tiniest accessory a chance for lasting impact. For example, your jewellery speaks volumes. When you’re going for a professional demeanor, you’ll want to avoid anything to bohemian or over-the-top. If you’re wearing a belt, make sure it coordinates with the rest of your outfit. If in doubt, search for inspiration online.
- Sign with a pen that conveys authority. If you want to get a signature on that sales contract, use the correct pen. A scrappy biro doesn’t send out the message you want trust us, you’ll get judged on it. Instead, invest in a crafted fountain or ballpoint pen. This shows you care about the contract that your client is about to sign.
- Get ironing. Yes, we know that ironing is one of the least fun jobs in the world. But if you’re planning on wearing a shirt or cotton garment, it’s essential. Creased, messy tops will never convey a good first impression.
The Power Of First Impressions
For, many job interviews to make a good first impression is key. Walk into the room with confidence, head high and shoulders back. Greet the interviewer with a smile making eye contact and a handshake.
Body language and eyes can speak volumes and give more away than the spoken word. Listen to questions before responding. In conversation use the person’s name. Great first impressions are crucial, but the last impression lasts longer.