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How to make a good first impression on the job interview?

How to make a good first impression on the job interview?

We all know that a first impression is very important. It can very easily create an image of us, which, true or not, can be difficult to change. In some situations, such as a job interview, creating a bad first impression can cost us a lot because we will not have the opportunity to correct it. Therefore, we need to present ourselves in the best way to a future employer. 

So, if you want to learn how to make a good first impressionplease continue reading.  

 

 

Respect the agreed time of the job interview 

Do not be late but also do not arrive too early for the job interview. Being late is a sign of disrespect to your employer. It leaves the impression that the given career opportunity is not overly important to you and that you are not paying attention to details.  

On the other hand, it is also not desirable for you to arrive too early (20-30 min or more). Employers and/or recruiters generally have a very tight schedule, so your early arrival can put pressure on them to hurry, which often makes them feel nervous. To be honest, you do not want to upset your interlocutor before the conversation even started. So, keep track of time and be punctual. 

 

Dress to success 

Although a suit does not make a man, we must admit it contributes to the first impression and the way the person on the other side will think of us.  

For this reason, you should always respect the rules of the formal dress code. This means clothes should be professional and neat without unnecessary details and accessories. It should also be fitting you well and not revealing too much.  

Choose a clothing combination that is simple, yet professional. These can be simple black pants and a white shirt, a practical choice for both women and men. According to research conducted in America, the black and white combination in a job interview gives the impression of professionalism and elegance.  

 

 

 

To learn more about other dress codes, click here! 

 

Show interest  

It is assumed that before going to the job interview, you researched the basic information about your potential future employer as well as the position for which you applied. However, if during the conversation some details remain unclear, feel free to ask questions or further clarification. This will show your potential employer that you are genuinely interested in the work and ready to listen, which are always desirable qualities. 

 

Jelena Kovacevic 

Senior Career & Internship HR Recruiter