The importance of making a great first impression

When you are meeting a potential employer for an interview you want to make the best first impression possible. Did you know that people create their opinion about others within the first 4 seconds? In this short time the interviewer forms a first impression of you. First impressions are based on visual perceptions; we pay only 3% of our attention to what the person is saying, 7% to the tone of voice but as much as 90% to nonverbal signals.

How do you make a great first impression? Pay attention to your appearance, personal hygiene, appropriate eye contact, offer a firm handshake, genuine smile, and open and confident body posture.

Most common first impression mistakes include: talking too much; not showing enough interest in what the other person is saying; appearing nervous; inadequate eye contact; a limp handshake; and slumping body posture.

You will never get a second chance to make a first impression. Use your appearance and body language to work for you to project appropriate confidence and your positive attitude. Good manners and attentive, courteous behaviour can help you make a good first impression.

With a little preparation and attention to details you will make a great first impression.