Seven Ways To Make A Positive First Impression at Job Interview

First impressions happen within the first seven seconds of meeting a person. One of the most common questions we are asked is how to make a positive first impression during a job interview. Our team of Executive Career Coaches has worked with thousands of individuals assisting to secure new roles, here are a few of our top tips for making a great impression at a job interview:

  1. Be on Time

Confirm if your interview is F2F or virtual. When the interview is F2F check the address, parking, public transportation, decide your best route and how much time you require to arrive with time to spare. Allow time for public transport delays or time to park the car. When the interview is virtual, check your technology in advance and 15 minutes prior to the interview set yourself up ready to commence, check your lighting, your background, height of camera etc. Have all the contact details for the interviewer available in case technology fails.

  1. Dress the Part

Your appearance plays a part in how you’re first perceived. Being well-groomed with professional attire and clean shoes is critical. Many experts agree that blue is one of the best colours to wear for an interview, as it implies that you are trustworthy, honest, and credible. Black is associated with strength, authority, and timeliness. While white is perceived as a pure colour and indicative of someone who is organised, detail oriented, and clean.

  1. Treat everyone with respect

It is well known that companies regularly ask those organising the interviews their impression of candidates. From the Talent Acquisition screener through to reception, feedback is often sort as to the behaviour of candidates. It is important to treat everyone in the process as well as you treat your interviewer/potential new manager. Your behaviour from when the first engagement will be judged.

  1. Check Your Online Footprint

Employers will check your social media profiles to find out a little more about you before your interview. You should review your pages to ensure you have a positive online presence – it is time to un-tag yourself from any inappropriate pictures and comments!

  1. Smile

genuine smile makes you appear approachable, likeable, and friendly, and it will instantly make the hiring manager warm to you.

  1. Mind Your Body Language

Your posture and overall body language is extremely important in an interview, so stand tall and sit up straight. Don’t cross your arms or slouch in your chair, this can demonstrate a lack of confidence. Make eye contact and use active listening skills like nodding in agreeance where appropriate. Use a firm handshake.

  1. Send a thank you note.

Memorable candidates, send the interviewer a thank you note after the interview. Thank them for their time and confirm your interest in the role and progressing to the next stage of the selection process.


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