“You’ll never have a second chance to create a good first impression.”
Mere seconds. That’s all the time it takes for hiring managers to decide three critical things about you as soon as you walk in front of them. According to some research, it only takes six minutes and 25 seconds for employers or hiring managers to create a first impression. These first impressions can set the mood of the rest of your job interview – and sometimes hard to turn around.
Why do first impressions establish the job interviews flow? This is because it is normal for our brain to decide instantly whether a person is attractive and trustworthy when we encounter a new face. According to Princeton University psychologist, Alex Todorov, “We decide very quickly whether a person possesses many of the traits we feel are important, such as friendliness and ability, even though we have not exchanged a single word with them. It appears that we are hard-wired to draw these interpretations in a fast, not reflected way.”
Similarly, Eliot Hoppe, an elite in body language agrees and said, “In the first four seconds of meeting someone, you will already have answered four questions:”
– Do I like you?
– Do I trust you?
– Are you safe?
– Who do you remind me of?
Your chances of landing a job could drop just because you look like the person who once hurt the hiring manager in his teenage days. That’s how powerful first impressions are.
With that in mind, you have to make sure and take note of these employers’ top 3 things on first impression and clinch your dream job.
- Overall Appearance
According to studies, there are six in ten employers who say an applicant’s attire has a big impact on their employability. Consider calling the office’s front desk beforehand or conduct a company research to learn what their office dress code is, then plan an attire that suits it. Additionally, there are around 70% of employers who said that a candidate’s make-up creates a first impression. So choose your makeup style wisely before going to an interview.
- Your Body Language
When it comes to first impressions, your body language goes a long way indicating that you are capable and assertive. Aim to look comfortable, but not too relaxed. Sit up straight in your chair with your feet aligned on the floor. Keep a natural posture and keep your arms at your sides, avoid crossing it. Instead, use them to make open, conversational gestures. Crossing your arms can indicate that you are not comfortable or hiding something. Absolutely, no fidgeting. It can give the impression that you are uncomfortable, usually from lack of confidence or interest.
- Your Communication Style & Enthusiasm
Don’t let the job interview become a one-way interrogation. Turn it into a lively dialogue between two interesting people. Gretchen Sunderland, a career and executive coach, suggested that mirroring the communication style of your interviewer is optimal, in terms of tone and pace. Additionally, hiring managers are going to hire applicants whose company they enjoy. If you don’t appear excited about the job offer, the company won’t be excited to hire you. Showing them that you are energetic and enthusiastic will help you make the right first impression.
There’s little you can do with that critical few seconds when the hiring manager’s brain makes its subconscious connections, but most job interviews last more than four seconds. That’s your one and only chance to demonstrate who you really are and what you can do.
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