How quickly do you think most hiring decisions are made? Unfortunately, the first five minutes of an interview can pretty much make or break it for you. Like anything else in life, first impressions matter and a hiring manager is going to quickly assess you and develop an initial opinion. While your answers and even your own questions can move the needle, if you fail to make a good first impression you’re probably not going to get the job.
Five Ways to Make a Good First Impression in an Interview
What you say and how you say it are equally as important. It’s not enough to research the company and have outstanding experience. If you don’t appear genuine, engaged and professional, someone else with similarly impressive credentials is probably in line behind you. Bring your professional resume and your "A" game, smile and wait for your turn in conversation, and be prepared with some strong closing questions to wow the interviewer.
Rebecca Henninger is a professional resume writer and LinkedIn profile specialist with an active CPRW and a passion for helping clients worldwide achieve balance, integration, and professional fulfillment. She is a mother of two, Bravo TV addict, and skilled career strategist.
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