The first Impression counts!
First Impressions Count!!
Imagine you’re about to be interviewed for a new job. How long do you think you have to impress the person on the other side of the desk? Until the end of the conversation, or until the end of the first answer you give? What would you say if you knew that your prospective new boss had made up their mind before you’d had time to finish your introduction?
Tricia Prickett, an US psychology student, collected a series of videotaped job interviews to test whether it was possible to guess the outcome simply from observing the interaction between the interviewer and interviewee. She found that an observer could predict whether or not the interviewee would be offered the job from watching just the first 15 seconds of the tape the handshake, the “hello” and very little else. What happened in those few, brief moments was enough to determine the candidate’s future.
- Hygiene – Shower, wash your hair, be clean shaven, brush your teeth, don’t go heavy on the aftershave/ perfume.
- Hair – Clean, sleek, tied back, smart, no leery or large accessories, same with jewellery
- Makeup – Natural, neutral, not too heavy, not too bright, not too thick.
- Nail varnish – Go without in case it chips, ensure nails are clean and nicely shaped
- Dress Accordingly – Imagine what you would be wearing for work and go a level smarter for the
- Guys – light shirt, dark suit (well fitted), polished shoes (tie if appropriate).
- Ladies – light top, dark suit or dress and jacket, smart trousers are fine, smart matching bag and
- Do not: wear a short skirt, low cut blouse, too high heels or too much jewellery.
- Handshake – so important – firm, not moist or limp.
- Eye-contact – make sure you give it at least some of the time, certainly at the introduction stage
- Remember – to smile at introduction and from time to time.
Written by Amanda