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Tips for Making a Great First Impression

top tips for making a great first impression

Jessica Tabinor Candidate Advice

Whether you’re preparing for a job interview or your first day in a new office, you always want to make a great first impression when you meet someone for the first time. In fact, there are a number of techniques that you can practice which will help you do just that! 
 
Morson shares the 10 top tips for making a first impression that counts: 
 
1. PRESENT YOURSELF APPROPRIATELY 
 
If you can, it’s a good idea to find out what the dress code is and mirror that as much as you can when deciding what to wear. However, in an interview, we would always suggest dressing smartly. 
 
2. MAKE EYE CONTACT
 
Looking someone in the eye when talking to them conveys confidence and if they are speaking, interest in what they have to say.
 
3. USE BODY LANGUAGE
 
Research suggests that 80% of our communication is done through our body language which reinforces the importance of getting it just right. Think about factors such as uncrossing your arms, smiling and angling your body towards the person that you are speaking to. 
 
4. DON’T OVERTHINK IT
 
Nerves can be a real issue when you are trying to make a good impression and can actually result in having the opposite effect. As much as it’s important to prep, try not to overthink it and just relax. 
 
5. BE INTERESTED AND INTERESTING
 
When you are meeting people for the first time approach others with a genuine interest in who they are. This type of behaviour is often contagious and as a result, they will show an interest in you.
 
6. HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF
 
Similarly to not overthinking as mentioned before, be confident in your approach. If you believe that you will make a good impression and you prep as much as you can, you probably will achieve your goals.
 
7. BE YOURSELF
 
One of the most important things to remember is to be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not just because you think that is what the person you are trying to impress is looking for. 
 
8. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
 
It’s a good idea to research who you are meeting. You could take a look at their LinkedIn profile for example, which will help you gain some insight into the person/business that you are meeting. Google is also a great tool to use for researching a company’s competition, history and their main industry etc. 
 
9. COME PREPARED
 
To make the best first impression possible, preparation is key. Make sure you know exactly what the meeting is about, what is expected of you and what you want to get out of it. There’s nothing worse than an unproductive meeting!
 
10. ARRIVE ON TIME
 
It really is as simple as that. Arriving late for a meeting almost certainly will not make a great first impression. Unforeseen circumstances that are out of your control can be forgiven, but don’t spend too long waiting in the queue at the coffee shop around the corner!
 
Why not take it a step further and have a go at Morson’s 7 second challenge? Read the blog to find out how to sell yourself in just 7 seconds.