First impressions matter, especially on job interviews. In as much as we would prefer if actual qualifications are what mattered most, research suggests that first impressions shape perceptions of professional competence.
Dress for the Job You Want; Make sure your clothes are not too tight, revealing or oversized. If you have doubts on whether your attire is inappropriate, don’t ask a friend to confirm your choice. Just change your outfit. Also avoid wearing too much jewelry, perfume, or aftershave lotion.
Arrive on Time, but Not Too Early; Ideally, you should arrive about 10-15 minutes before your interview. Being late for an interview sends the signal that you are unreliable and inattentive to details. Showing up too early makes you seem over-eager and stalker-like.
Enter a Room Confidently; keep your head up, acknowledge those in the room or reception area, smile, and say hello.
Offer a Firm Handshake; Make eye contact, stretch out your hand and shake hands with a firm grip and swift up and down motion. A firm handshake that is not too tight or limp, demonstrates confidence.
Be Kind to Everyone; Show kindness to everyone you meet. You want to make a good first impression on all encounters, not only for kindness’ sake but also because those on the front
Act Interested; be enthusiastic and show that you are excited about the job, even if you are secretly wondering if the position is a good fit for your talents.
Be Prepared to Talk About the Company and Yourself; Be ready for conversation by having researched and gained knowledge about the company. Have comprehensive responses to common interview question, and don’t forget to ask questions of your own. Don’t act like you know everything or you will seem arrogant. But certainly do read the organization’s website and relevant news so you can talk intelligently about the company.
Do a Pre-Interview Body Check; Take stock of yourself quickly, beyond your make-up and appearance. Remove loose change from your pockets and rubbish from your handbag/folder;
Turn off your cell phone.
Toss your cup of coffee or bottle of water.