Thursday, May 31, 2012

How to Make A Great First Impression

First impressions are so important in so many aspects in life--work being a big one. So you nail the interview, get the job, and now what? You're still the "new" guy or girl at the company, so you feel like you need to prove yourself. Well, what a better way to do that then to create a great first impression on everyone you meet--clients, co-workers, superiors, everyone. 

Here are some easy tips:

Use the person’s name! If you’re bad at remembering, associate the persons name with something…another person you know, similar word, something you like. Believe me—this makes a difference.

Be yourself on a good day. You want to show that you are a real person with a personality, sense of humor, creative side. It it’s an interview, if you’re at your best you will sell yourself! I’ve had many opportunities because I made a little funny in the cover letter or introduction.

Be humble. Don’t take all the credit. Something go wrong? Admit you were as much to blame as your colleagues. Don’t “care too much.” Everyone makes mistakes. It’s better to realize, admit learn and apply than to deny!

Be genuinely interested. This means eye contact, body language and listening! Often times we get so wrapped up in trying to “show ourselves off” that we don’t listen to the question and in result, we answer wrong. This automatically leads the person to believe you aren’t interested.

Dress to impress. You always want to dress for the job you are trying to get. Even if you're in an entry level position, start dressing like you're the boss and people will be able to envision you there.

Smile. Possibly the best and easiest way to impress someone. Everyone likes a girl (or guy) with a great smile!

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