Creating the best first impression!

Rebecca Walsh - 19/08/2014

Whether you are you walking into an interview or a meeting it is very important to make a excellent first impression.

You have done the hard work, sent your CV, spoke to the recruiter, met them, and now you have an interview for your dream job! It amazes me how so many people don’t make a good impression. The interviewer in most cases has decided if you are right for the job in the first 5 minutes of the interview so this is why it is so important to make a great first impression. Don’t let your hard work go to waste!

Here are some pointers:

1. Do you research: if this is your dream job and company, you must know what they do and their background. Know about them inside out. Don’t just look at their website do more digging around. Look up all details like company accounts, press releases, joint ventures, etc. This makes you stand out from the crowd and you are not just rehashing what is on their company page.

2. Arrive on time: there is nothing worse than being late for an interview. Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand. If you are late you are going to be in a panic and you are going to start off on the wrong foot altogether. Plan your trip and do a demo run beforehand and pre-empt traffic etc.

3. Firm handshake: this is crucial. Always look the interviewer in the eye and give a good firm handshake. This creates a great impression and will get you off to a great start.

4. Prepare answers: your recruitment consultant should have gone through a good interview prep with you before the interview. Always remember to practice your interview answers and have good career answers to demonstrate your experience, competencies and capabilities.

5. Ask final questions: always have a few questions at hand to ask at the end of the interview. This not only shows your interest in the role and company it shows that you have done your research!

I hope these tips are of some benefit to you in makeing that crucial first impression! Best of Luck!

If you would like a change from your current role or perhaps some career advice please do not hesitate to contact myself Rebecca Walsh. I'd be delighted to assist you with your search.

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