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Making a Memorable First Impression

Making a Memorable First Impression

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Making a memorable first impression is important in both your personal and professional life. People often make snap judgments within seconds of meeting you, whether intentional or not. To make a positive and memorable first impression, which is especially important when interviewing, follow the tips below.

1. Be early

Make sure you arrive to your interview early. Plan to leave for the interview with plenty of time and factor in possible traffic jams and parking. Showing up early tells the interviewer you value their time and take this opportunity seriously.

2. Make eye contact

Once you meet the interviewer be sure to make eye contact. This is essential in coming across confident and connecting with others.

3. Speak clearly and calmly

Many people have interview jitters but if you show up for your interview early (see first tip) take a moment to center yourself and organize your thoughts. Simple breathing techniques can work in minutes so you can present yourself in the best light. Project yourself in a confident, articulate, and professional manner.

4. Have awareness of your body language

How you physically carry yourself is another thing that people first notice about you. Are you slouched over, or standing up straight? Be aware of your posture, your facial expressions, and especially the firmness of your handshake. By literally carrying yourself this way it will project confidence and it will help you feel more self-assured.

I hope these tips will help with your next interview, and other aspects of your life where making a first impression is important.

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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