Tips To Make A Great Impression In An Interview
When it comes to meeting people, the first impression counts.At some point or the other, most of us have browsed through articles and magazines on the importance of creating a winning first impression. Let’s make this simple here. The trick to ensure a lasting impression is based on ABCD—Appearance, Behaviour, Communication, and Digital Footprint.
Play safe and dress in conservative Western or Indian formals, depending on what you are comfortable in. No Friday dressing even if the interview/meeting is during weekends. If you are told in advance to dress casually still it is always better to be in a semi-formal or business casual dressing.
Accessories: A good watch, a handbag, right shoes, and minimal jewellery will do the trick. Do not go overboard with accessories or make-up or hairstyling products. Invest in a good perfume, moisturise your skin, and keep your nails short and preferably uncoloured or at least lightly coloured. Your shoes must be polished as turning up shabby wouldn’t make a great impression.
Grooming: If you are a woman, apply the right amount of make-up needed for the occasion. A basic routine such as a sunblock, foundation, mild blush, kajal, eyeliner, mascara, and a light lipstick (preferably matte) should be followed. The colours that you choose for the make-up should be mild. For Indian skin tones, use shades of pink or light brown. If you have dark under-eye circles use a proper make-up to cover these.
Tattoos and piercings: Tattoos were considered a taboo a few years back. These were perceived to be done only by people in creative fields, but this thought is changing now. For your first impression, limit the exposure as much as possible. You will have plenty of time to reveal your individuality once you have the job. If you have multiple piercings in your ears wear studs and not hanging earrings.
The body language plays an important role in your communication. Develop a good firm handshake and greet everyone, irrespective of gender or role. Walk tall and straight. It immediately improves the posture and you will feel confident yourself. As they say, fake it till you make it! If you don't know what to do with your hands then place it on the armrest on the chair, but don't fiddle with it. The legs can be placed firmly on the ground; sit straight or cross your legs but never slouch. Always smile. I cannot stress this enough. Your personality improves with a warm smile and that eases the person in front of you.
Everyone is nervous during the initial interviews. So practise replying in affirmative and be confident. Never ever short sell or upsell yourself. Be honest if you don't know the answer. In some cases, just telling the interviewer you are nervous with a smile also breaks the ice.
I am sure all of us have some cringe-worthy fun pictures on social media. Your social media accounts are for you and your friends. Don’t make it open for the world to see.
A few additional tips
- Carry two copies of your neatly written and printed resume.
- Keep a pen, a smart one, and especially not something that advertises any other company or an organization that you have worked in earlier.
- Also, carry a small notepad to jot down important things, if you think that is important.
- Keep your mobile phone in the silent mode. We all know this but often forget to do this.
So go ahead, follow these tips, and create the right first impression. All the best and don’t be nervous; after all, everyone goes through this!
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