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first impressions - blog. picTIPS TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION AT AN INTERVIEW

You never get a second chance to make a first impression

First impressions last.  Despite what you think, whether you like it or not, your appearance is the first thing people notice about you.  First impressions are usually formed within the first 30 seconds of meeting someone.  Appearance affects hiring decisions and plays an epic role, so always dress to impress.

Remember, time waits for no man.  If you’re early, you’re on time.  If you’re on time, then you’re late.  Being punctual for an interview is vital.  If you are running late, call your interviewer and let them know.

Confidence is the key, if you don’t believe in yourself then nobody will.  The most important thing you bring to an interview is confidence.  What you wear and how you wear it helps convey that, so if you aren’t comfortable in your outfit that will come across in your interview.

Clothes make the man.  If you want the job, your choice of what to wear for a job interview should match or be slightly dressier than the dress code of the company.  If the dress code in the office is casual, wearing jeans to an interview is not appropriate.  Dress business casual, go for a classic look, for example a dark pants and a crisp white shirt.

Mutton dressed as lamb.  Common mistakes include skirts that are too tight or too short, showing too much cleavage, scuffed shoes, ill-fitting suits or clothing not neatly ironed.  Pay close attention to grooming; be clean and neat, including your fingernails, teeth, shoes, hair and face.  No visible body piercing (noise, eyebrow, tongue, etc.) -wear minimum jewellery and cologne.

Your mobile phone is not part of your body; you can let it go for a few minutes.  For most, it’s a natural tendency to pull out your smartphone anywhere, anytime, but if you’re waiting in the lobby rather take the time to go over your resume, or think of what you want to convey in the interview.

A war can shake the world, but a handshake can bring it together.  When you first meet the hiring manager, be sure to shake hands as you exchange initial greetings. But what if your interviewer doesn’t offer his hand? The protocol is to extend yours anyway, as a sign of good will.

If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.  Be prepared with your own questions. This will show you’ve done research and that you’re thinking seriously about the job.

Good manners and kindness are always in fashion.  Before you leave after the interviewing process, do not forget to thank your interviewers. You can show courtesy by giving them a firm handshake and saying kind words such as Thank you.

And remember… you’re never fully dressed without a smile!