We all know the saying, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression
So today I’ll show you how to make a great first impression, so your relationship with any interviewer, any new people you start working with, or anyone else for that matter, get a great first impression of you.
Above all, to make a great first impression you should be positive and confident.
Most people love to be around positive people.
They like someone to engage with them first, so when you meet someone for the first time, extend your hand, shake theirs firmly, introduce yourself confidently & clearly, and let them know it’s great to meet them.
If you’re at work, tell them what you do at the company and ask them what they do.
This will give everyone you meet a great first impression. And if you’ve just started in a new job, it will also mean you get to know who everyone is, what their title is and what they do in the company.
Part of giving a good impression is showing the person you’ve just met that you’re listening to them and ENGAGED in the conversation with them.
The best way to do this is to ask good questions.
And the best type of questions to ask are open ended questions.
An open ended question is a question that can’t be answered by just answering yes or no.
So for example, let’s say you’re in an interview and you want to show you’re engaged in the conversation.
You can ask the interviewer, what do you enjoy about working here?
This is a question that shows you’re engaged in the conversation and because it’s directed at the interviewers own experience working at the company, it will feel good for them to answer.
This will give the interviewer a good feeling about you.
Open ended questions usually start with WHAT or WHY because they require the person answering the question to elaborate in their answer.
A way to create a good impression when you’ve just started in a new job is to get on with what you’re supposed to do… diligently.
And don’t be too demanding, particularly when you’ve just started a job.
This doesn’t mean you can’t ask questions. You can.
It just means being respectful of the company and the people around you and acknowledging that everyone has a job to do and they’re probably busy.
If your intention is to position yourself for a promotion, then take on other tasks when you can, to show that you have a great work ethic and are prepared to go above and beyond.
When you show through your work that you get things done, that you’re diligent in everything you do and you’re willing and able to support others, then this will be looked on VERY favorably by your superiors.
Something to keep in mind when you aim to create a good impression is to not be too ‘NICE’
What I mean by this is don’t be disingenuous.
Be authentic. Relax and be yourself.
People enjoy being with others who are genuine and authentic, so don’t try to be someone you’re not.
This also means not being a pushover.
If you think something isn’t right or you should speak up then do it.
So be yourself, friendly and genuinely interested, and you’ll always get a great response from the person you’re speaking to.
Of course, when you’re looking for work, the easiest way to be hired is when the employer wants YOU.
The way to do that is to use Connectzapp to find your next job.
The way it works is you enter the details of the role you’re after.
You’re then given a list of the best jobs for you ranked in order with the best match for you at the top of the list.
You then swipe through each role, choose the ones that appeal to you the most to create a shortlist, then contact those employers direct.
It’s easy, simple and quick to do.
And the best part is that each employer can SEE you’re a good candidate for the job so they WANT to speak to you.
So get Connectzapp on the App Store or Google Play or go to Connectzapp.com and make it easy to find your next job.
Even when you’re not looking for a new job, doing a search on Connectzapp can show you how much more you could potentially be paid in another role.
You could choose to apply for the higher paid jobs, or at the very least, take that knowledge of what you’re worth back to your current employer and negotiate a higher salary.
It’s up to you.
So if this has been helpful, please give it a clap.
And as always…
Good luck with your job hunting!