First impressions, they say, last longer. But the case is slightly different regarding your potential employers. Your first impression will most likely not ‘last longer.’ Still, it will significantly and positively affect your chances of securing your dream job.
Interestingly, most candidates pay little or no attention to their first impressions. They make no conscious efforts to get it right with applications, interviews, or job offer acceptance. This is due to one of two things – they are unaware that employers lookout for these things or simply do not know how to do it right.
Either way, there is a need to remedy the situation. After all, something well begun is already half done. Read on to learn about how to make the right first impression with a potential employer.Punctuality is key.
You must always be punctual, whether you are dropping off your resume, attending an important interview, or showing up to claim your job offer letter. There is hardly an acceptable excuse for coming late.
So, you must do all you can to be on time. Confirm the location, find the best route there, and plan ahead of time. If you have to be unavoidably or unexpectedly late, you should communicate such ahead.Dress appropriately.
You are visiting a formal setting, not a quick walk with your friend, so you should dress as such. Appear in a well-laundered and ironed outfit. Be sober while being conscious of your overall grooming. Keep the fragrance mild.
Having a hard time choosing between dressing up or dressing down? The former is safer – dressing down can be counterproductive to your quest to make an excellent first impression.Be confident and courteous.
Confidence, in this sense, comprises a lot of things. First is the smile. The easiest way to radiate confidence is to smile appropriately and letting out a fresh breath each time you do. It helps you relax and stay focused.
There is also the handshake. The best handshakes are the firm handshakes. Follow these up with a confident voice tone and an upright sitting position on your waiting chair. It shows your potential employer that you are composed and easy to relate with, both for the interview and when you eventually get the job.
You should also treat others with respect. Always remember to greet everyone appropriately irrespective of their status, while throwing in some “please” and “thank you” in-between.Be a good listener.
You should say less and listen more when meeting your potential employer for the first time. Listening will help you understand and process questions or remarks faster and better. You also get to respond appropriately and confidently, offering valid evidence and examples to buttress your points.
Nod your head positively while listening, and maintain good eye contact. Your goal here is simple – to leave your potential employer with no doubts about your ability to listen, comprehend, and, most importantly, engage.Know your material.
As basic as this may seem, it is the most important on the list. The simplest way to show your readiness to work with a potential employer is to know more about them. For starters, do extensive research on your role and the company you want to work at.
Make every minute your potential employer spends with you by showing that you know your material. If you are the confident type, mention some of your findings and how you can make things better in your capacity.
Employers love candidates who care about them and what they do. It shows that you mean business.
The recruitment process has evolved over the years. You now need more than your skills and educational qualifications to land your dream job. Your potential employers are continually assessing your personality to see if you tick all the right boxes. You cannot afford not to make the right impressions during this crucial period.
At Flexible Staffing, we are always happy to leverage our years of recruitment experience to ace your next recruitment. We know how to land you that placement successfully, from crafting job-winning resumes to preparing you adequately for interviews and salary negotiations.
Follow this link to learn more about our First Impressions and how it can help you. You can also get in touch with us today via 888-253-0484. We are always ready to help candidates find the ideal job placement.