Check out this much-requested update on one of our most popular articles : Making a Great First Impression During Your Interview.
It may seem incredible, but most people judge you in under 30 seconds after meeting you. First impressions are usually quick to make and hard to undo. However, if you haven’t even had a chance to open your mouth in the first 30 seconds, then how are people making these judgments? It may be in subtle non-verbal clues like:
Your Posture - Poor posture will automatically be written off as poor self-esteem. It doesn’t matter if you have back problems or are just tired.
Your Eyes - Some psychology tests show that the most trustworthy faces are those with a somewhat “surprised” look on them. While you don’t want to look shaken, you do want to open your eyes more to give that bright and alert look when the interviewer first shows up.
Your Hair - Never ever leave for an interview with unkempt hair. Keep a hairbrush in the glove compartment and make sure to get a cut before the big day. Even facial hair can be a big turn-off on an interview if beards or mustaches are not tidy.
Your Body Language - If you rise to meet the interviewer stiffly, they will sense your discomfort. If your hand is trembling as you shake hands, you probably won't get that fresh graduate job. Seek to convey a confident, but relaxed frame of mind with your body language.
Don’t Want to Micromanage Your Appearance?
You don’t have to, if you just figure out how to get the right attitude. The same way that athletes psyche themselves into winning attitudes, you can do the same before a big entry level job interview. Once you put yourself into a positive frame of mind, that positivity tends to be expressed in your overall body language, including your eyes.
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