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How to: make a good first impression

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How to: make a good first impression

First impressions are so important and you don’t get a second chance to make one. That’s why you need to make sure that you follow these simple steps to making a good first impression in a job interview!

Plan Your Journey

Make sure that you allow plenty of time to get to your interview. Typically you should aim to be going into an interview no more than 10 minutes before your time slot. If you’re earlier than this, you can find a local coffee shop to sit down and prepare yourself. 96% of interviewers in a survey by Monster said that a candidates time keeping skills would influence their decision so it is a vital part of your first impression!

 Shake It Up

Make sure your handshake is solid and confident. Don’t be too strong or too limp. Try to find a happy medium for this and remember to look them in the eye and smile as you introduce yourself. 

 Look (And Smell!) Your Best

You want to make sure that you look smart and fit the required dress code. Clothes must be clean and ironed and you should be clean and smartly turned out. If you wear perfume or aftershave, don’t put too much on. You don’t want to overpower your interviewer!

Remember these three things and you will make your first impression a great one! If you start an interview with a good impression, then you have a better chance of success.

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