If you’re a job seeker, there are many opportunities to make a first impression with each potential employer you connect with. Resumes, phone calls, emails, interviews. Every communication you share will leave an impression – good, bad, or ugly.
Let’s look at the traditional face-to-face job interview. Actions most always speak louder than words, so here are some things to do when it comes to your non-verbal actions during your interview. Remember these tips and you’ll make an unforgettable – and positive – first impression.
It’s in the Eyes
Start off by making good eye contact with the interviewer. And it shouldn’t be a staring contest – just be natural and look the interviewer directly in the eye when it makes sense. If there are several interviewers, engage with each of them. It will show them you’re confident and honest.
Want to make your interviewer feel all warm and fuzzy? Give them a smile. Let the conversation be your guide – smile when it’s appropriate, and be natural about it. If you have a perma-smile on your face throughout the entire interview, you’ll come across as suspicious or even untrustworthy.
Good posture = confidence. Whether you’re walking, standing or sitting remember to stand up straight with shoulders back. Having solid posture during a job interview is a big deal and it can go far in helping you land the job. Good posture is actually important anytime – watch this video from the Wall Street Journal to learn more.
When the interview comes to a close, it’s time for a firm handshake and solid eye contact. It’s also time to ask thoughtful questions and remind them of your interest in the position. Ask for the interviewer’s business card so you can follow up with a thank-you note or email.