First Impressions

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First impressions are important. Whether it be meeting someone new, going to class for the first time, or, more importantly, a job interview.

The first thing you are judged on is your apperance. What do you look like? What are you wearing?

For example, if you where to show up to your first class of the semester late and looking like you just rolled out of bed, the professor will not get a great impression to start the year off with. Or the first time you meet some dreamy hunk of a guy, you spill your drink on him. Not exactly on anybody's to-do list of first impressions, I bet.

The same guidelines apply for a job interview, if not more. You need to show up on time and by on time I mean before the interview is sheduled to start. It is recommended to show up around 10 minutes before it starts. Also don't show up too early. By showing up too early you can look desperate and as if you have all the time in the world to waste waiting.

The next thing an interviewer sees is what your general appearence looks like. Don't look like you just woke up and forgot to brush your hair. Take a shower, brush your teeth; personal hygiene is important. Along with this is how you smell. You don't want to smell like you have not showered, but you don't want to smell like you poured the entire bottle of perfume or colonge on you. For females, do not overdo your makeup, no raccoon eyes.

The next part dealing with appearance is what you are wearing. The general rule of thumb is to be dressed one step above the interviewer. Do not show up to an interview wearing sweats or jeans. Put on what can be referred to as your Sunday best. Slacks with a button up shirt with a tie or a suit for males. For females, dress pants with a dress shirt, skirt or maybe a dress in some cases.

The next part of your first impression is your introduction. Many employers start out with a handshake. The handshake is more important than it may seem. It needs to be firm but not aggressive.

The last part of your first impression is the verbal introduction. Don't assume they know who you are, introduce yourself. Also, know how to pronounce your interviewers name and the company. Know the position you are applying for and its requirements.

For more helpful interview tips check out the link.

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Katie Buchholz February 15, 2011 at 10:40 PM  

First impressions are huge! I don't think people really understand the concept of it. I always try to give a good first impression, whether it is for a job, volunteer work, new friends, or even some cute guy. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!

April Sigmund February 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM  

These are really good tips for a really good first impression! First impressions are everything in the business world, and can give you connections and jobs. Companies are looking for the best possible candidates, so it is important to look and act the part.

KatieSchober February 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

I think impressions also translate into the news world-- would you accept an interview from a reporter who looked like they hadn't showered, brushed their teeth, or taken some time to choose what they were going to wear in order to put together a professional appearance? I wouldn't. On the other hand, I might be more inclined to give a statement to someone who has a casual, yet professional, demeanor. Jeans don't necessarily provide the most professional attire, but they can simultaneously give you an approachable look, and allow a journalist to match the attire of the people he/she is focusing on.

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