According to the experts of HYPA Group, almost everyone will make a first impression but only few make a good lasting impression. It takes just a quick glance, maybe four seconds, for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. In this short time, someone can form an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed. The first impression can seal the deal.
These first impressions can be nearly impossible to reverse or undo, and they often set the tone for the relationship that follows especially in a professional setting like an interview. Would you like to know how to make a lasting impression?
The following are a few simple ways recommended by the experts of HYPA Group to get the ‘right’ foot in the door at your first interview.
1. Be on Time
Someone you are meeting for the first time will not be interested in your “good excuse” for running late. Plan to arrive a ten to fifteen minutes early, and allow flexibility for possible delays in traffic or taking a wrong turn. Arriving early is much better that arriving late, and is the first step toward creating a great first impression.
2. Dress to Impress
Of course physical appearance matters. The person you are meeting for the first time doesn’t know you, so your appearance is usually the first clue he or she has to go on. The key to a good impression is to present yourself appropriately and professionally. Think about the environment in which you are meeting and what the appropriate dress code for the meeting or occasion is. For your first interview, what is the appropriate business attire?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so the “picture” you first present needs to demonstrate who you are to the person you are meeting.
3. Be Yourself
The best way to create a good impression is by being our authentic self. It may sound crazy as the idea of fitting in and first gauging the temperature in a new environment comes instinctively, but being yourself allows you to feel more confident, calm and certain.
Believe me, it’s much easier to build trust, earn respect and show your true character to the people you meet by just being you.
4. Have a Winning Smile
As the saying goes, “Smile and the world smiles too.” So there’s nothing like a smile to create a good first impression. A warm and confident smile will put both you and the other person at ease. So smiling is a winner when it comes to great first impressions. Of course be natural – forcing this is just as transparent and organically expressing a smile in the moment.