How to Make a Good First Impression
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Not only is this true, it’s also very important. It’s critical to ensure your first impression is a good one.
Whether we like it or not, we are judged by others throughout each day based on our actions, demeanor, appearance and body language. According to an article by Forbes magazine, these non-verbal cues are often much more meaningful than the words we say.
Whether you are going through an interview process or you’re meeting a potential client for the first time, or you just want to improve your daily interactions with others, there are several things you can do to create a favorable impact on the person you meet. While some of these suggestions may seem like common sense, it is especially easy to neglect them when you’re nervous or in an unknown situation.
One of the first things to do when meeting someone new is arrive on time. Their time is just as valuable as yours, and being punctual for an interview or meeting conveys this belief. Upon meeting, a great way to build rapport with someone is by making them feel special. One way to do this is by giving them your undivided attention. As difficult as it may be, putting your phone away when meeting with someone not only shows that your focus is on them, it demonstrates strong listening skills and willpower. In conversation, be interested in the other person and give them time to talk about themselves or their interests. This will leave them feeling heard and important. Remember, if you ever run out of things to say, just ask a question about the other person.
It’s custom for job interviewers to invite candidates to a lunch interview as they can evaluate much more than a candidate’s answers. They are observing how you treat everyone from the CEO of the company to the waiter or receptionist, as it is indicative of the type of employee you will be. Will you be a well-disposed team player, or will you be high maintenance and think you’re above certain tasks? It’s imperative to treat everyone with kindness and respect, no matter their position.
When meeting someone for the first time, it’s important to convey confidence, but not arrogance. Being able to maintain eye contact and having a firm handshake are signs of confidence. Conversely, repetitive habits such as playing with your hair or fidgeting can indicate that you’re nervous or overwhelmed. When you are at ease and comfortable with yourself, it allows the other person to relax too.
Down the road, people won’t remember exactly what you said to them, but they will remember how you made them feel. Implement these simple tips the next time you’re meeting someone to make them feel special and leave a lasting impression.
Some of the material above was prepared by Bob Veres Inside Information.