First impressions are called first impressions for a reason – you get one shot at it. People judge each other from the moment they meet, and this is an opinion that could last a lifetime, so you better hope it’s good! Especially in the workplace and job interviews, if we don’t make a good first impression, the interviewer could have already decided you’re not right for the company. Here are a few things you should keep in mind to make that winning first impression!
The first thing people notice is what you’re wearing. If you are going somewhere where you are meeting new people and need to make a good first impression, make sure you are wearing your best outfit, something that looks good but also makes you feel comfortable and confident. Everything from your hair and makeup, to the type of watch you’re wearing can say a lot about you and you may not even realise it.
A major mistake when trying to make a great first impression is being late! Being late even by a few minutes can make it seem like you aren’t organised, you didn’t plan your day well and you have poor time management skills. It is a big ‘no-no’ (especially for interviews) and it will have an impact on the impression you’ve made, so some extra effort will need to be made to make up for it!
Your body language is another thing that speaks volumes. Keeping this at the forefront of your mind will make a massive difference as you will constantly be aware of what you’re doing and if you’re aware, you can change your body language from negative to positive. In a workplace environment, a firm handshake says a lot. You’ve got to get it just right, not too limp and not too firm. Other things such as the position of your shoulders (if they’re slouched or pulled back) and the position of your feet (if they are pointed inward or away from the person your speaking too) also need to be addressed.
Finally, be the conversation starter. There’s nothing worse than realising that someone is completely uninterested in talking with you, so if you begin the conversation it will appear that you are genuinely interested in having the conversation. Even if you don’t know what to say to them, engage in general chitchat to get things started and see how it develops. This will leave a good impression, as people are more likely to remember a friendly encounter.
We hope that these things will aid you in making that great first impression the next time you meet someone new!