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Creating a positive, lasting first impression

Posted on 23.01.2018
by  Elivia Crawley
First impressions are vital when meeting someone, whether this is a potential employer or someone in the workplace for the first time. This is the moment they create their initial judgement of you and your character and can be the point that they decide whether, you would be a person they would want to do business with, or not.
 
To make the best start you can, we have provided a few pointers on how to create a great first impression.
 
Handshake
Your handshake can say a lot about a person so it’s important to try to get it right. This is the introduction to initiating conversation therefore, getting the right approach is essential.
 
1.      The Bone Crusher– Having too firm a grip is often seen as trying to be overpowering or too keen. Shaking too hard can also show a sense of competition.
 
2.      The Brisk Handshake– Rushing a handshake shows lack of confidence and discomfort. It can also show that you don’t care about the conversation and can be perceived as rude.
 
A lack of eye contact shows that you feel awkward, but it is important to not stare the receiver down as it can be taken as intimidation.
 
3.      The Sluggish Handshake– In contrast to rushing, lingering on the handshake for longer than 2 seconds shows desperation and discouragement. Plus, this can just make people feel uncomfortable, especially with too much eye contact involved.
 
So, what makes the perfect handshake?
 
There’s a simple equation to remember:
 
Firm Grip + Confidence + Eye Contact = Perfect Handshake
 
If you are sitting, stand up before extending your hand. This shows respect and puts you on the same level as the other person. Make eye contact, offer a sincere smile to show that you are happy to be where you are and offer a few words to show that you are genuinely pleased to be there (for example “I’m very pleased to meet you”). Your handshake should coordinate with the greeting and consist of a firm grip, without crushing the other persons hand.
 
Communication
When introducing yourself and engaging in conversation, remember your tone of voice needs to deliver a confident message without appearing aggressive. For example: speak at an appropriate volume with confidence and to also keep an even pitch to your voice.
 
It is natural for your voice tone to rise when you’re nervous or for your delivery to quicken resulting in a confusing message. Remaining in control of your voice and tone gives the impression of confidence and knowledge of the discussion topic.
 
Taking time to speak and demonstrating that you have considered what you are going to say, before doing so, gives the impression that you have a strong thought process. Whilst using “filler” words, for example “erm” and “uhh” indicate to others that either your vocabulary is limited, or you are struggling.
 
Smile
Smile. 48% of adults think a smile is the most memorable feature when meeting someone for the first time. People find those with an aesthetically pleasing and friendly smile come across as more trustworthy and approachable.
 
Punctuality
Always be punctual. It’s critical.
 
Nothing says you don’t care more than turning up late or not turning up at all!
It’s worth remembering the old adage, “On time is late. 5 minutes early is on time”, and this is a useful quote to remember.
 
If someone has taken the time out of their busy schedule to see you, respect that and turn up with time to spare. This will allow you time to calm any nerves you may have and fully prepare. However, if due to circumstances that are out of your control, you are running late, let them know as quickly as possible. They will understand and thank you for your consideration.
 
Preparation
Following on from giving yourself time to prepare, it’s important to arrive with all the documents that you may need. This could be anything from your CV (it is always a good idea to take a copy of your CV), any relevant certifications that may apply to the job you are interviewing for and in some cases ID documents.
 
Make sure to understand the job role and carry out some research into the organisation before your meeting.
 
Generally employers like to see that you have invested your time to find out more about the business and the markets they operate in. With this information you will have the ability to prepare more specific questions rather than the generic.
 
It is always worth preparing a few questions for the interviewer, for example:
“What qualities would an ideal applicant for this position possess?”
What are your expectations of the person in this role for the first month, six months, and year?”
“What do you enjoy most about working at this company?”
 
Personal presentation
The ability to communicate effectively is critical, however demonstrating that you look after yourself and have high personal hygiene standards shows that you care about your image.
 
Looks are subjective as “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” but the way you portray yourself does give an impression of the type of person you are.
 
Make sure to wear clean, pressed clothing which suits the place of work you are interviewing. In general, this means either a suit, tailored clothing or general business attire. Shoes should always be cleaned and polished.
 
For ladies, makeup and jewellery should be kept to a minimum with body art covered up if possible.
 
Businesses are conscious of their image to the outside world, so they like to show that their employees present a certain level of professionalism.
 
We hope that some of our tips help you create a great first impression. Why not put your new skills to test and come and meet Urban Recruitment Group? Have a look here at our current vacancies and let us know if there’s anything we can discuss with you or you can contact us at 0208 505 6600.
 
We look forward to meeting you!
 
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