Make a Positive First Impression
Studies show the first few minutes of a job interview are critical. A positive first impression gives you a good chance to show your skills and knowledge and potentially land the job!
- Arrive on time – preferably 10 minutes early
- Smile and introduce yourself in a courteous manner to the receptionist
- When greeted by the interviewer, stand up straight, make eye contact, smile, and extend your hand for a handshake.
- Carry your briefcase on your left shoulder so your right hand is free for shaking hands
- Shake hands firmly, palm to palm. Avoid either a weak handshake or overly aggressive handshake.
- Engage in small talk – elaborate on questions with more than a yes or no response and ask questions to create a two-way conversation
- Show enthusiasm – use vocal inflection, facial expression, and hand gestures to convey interest.
- Use good posture – stand or sit up straight, keep your shoulders back and your head up. Don’t cross your arms across your chest.
- Show active listening through non-verbal feedback: lean slightly forward in your chair, make eye contact, smile and nod as the interviewer talks