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Here's How To Really Make A Good First Impression During A Job Interview

Never underestimate the power of a handshake.

In the job interview process, there is one thing that applies to all applicants, no matter what school they come from or the credentials they have: Each one has only one chance to make a good first impression. The first impression you make cannot be underrated as more often than not, it will set the tone of how your interview will go, which will in turn be a factor in whether you land the job or not.

1. The right arrival time
Arrive a few minutes before your interview appointment; 10 minutes should be enough. This will give you enough time to get settled and mentally prepare. Arriving too early or very late will give the impression that your time management skills might not be up to par. While you don’t want to make a grand entrance, you also don’t want to be seen as too much of an “eager beaver.”

2. The right professional appearance
Your appearance also contributes to the first impression you make. If you want to be seriously considered for the job, make the effort to look professional by wearing smart clothing and unobtrusive accessories, having good hygiene, and ensuring your hair and fingernails look neat. Not only will looking professional make a good first impression, it will actually give you a much-needed confidence boost.

3. The right eye contact
Right from the start, consciously maintain the right amount of eye contact with the interviewer. Too little direct eye contact will make you seem uneasy or dodgy, while too much direct eye contact might give the impression that you are trying to dominate the conversation.

4. The right handshake
According to several studies, the right handshake can produce a high degree of trust and improve the quality of an encounter in just a matter of seconds. Thus, with a warm smile and direct eye contact, shake the interviewer’s hand firmly for about two to three seconds. Don’t linger.


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This article originally appeared on Jobstreet.com.ph. Minor edits have been implemented by the Cosmo.ph editors. Read the full story here.