When meeting new people whether you’re attending a conference, meeting, and workshop or going for an interview for a job, it’s very crucial you set a good first impression. People tend to judge you based on your appearance, and it’s not just what you are wearing — but how you’re wearing it, so make sure your clothing is clean and well-pressed. Also the way you present yourself – the handshake, eye contact and greeting matters.
In the case of conference, meeting, workshop or any thing closely related you’ll make a superb initial impression when you demonstrate good listening skills. Remember how you respond to the other party also matters. To show that you have paid attention from the start, catch the name of the person/s during the introduction. Equally as important, you’ll make conversations more personal by including the listener’s name. Never forget to be careful with humor. Prolonged joking might establish barriers and backfire.
Also, make sure to ask questions. After all, he who asks the questions controls the conversation. Asking questions shows the other person that you are interested in who they are and what they have to say and they will leave thinking that you were very attentive and a good conversationalist.
In Job Interviews Because the job interview is usually the first time you meet with the employers in person, first impressions are essential. Arrive a few minutes early so you have time to find the exact office as well as perhaps complete some paperwork before the interview starts. Always be polite to the receptionist and any one you meet in between. As the impression you make with them will often be incorporated into the hiring decision. Of course, dressing for success and proper grooming are essential as mentioned above.
Never arrive with any thing in your mouth or on your teeth, and try not to smoke right before the interview. Turn off your cell phone on the way to the interview. In the interview, smile and make strong eye contact to establish a good impression. Answering interview questions with ease, confidence and good manner and asking questions of the interviewer are essential to making a good first impression. A great way to sbuild up a strong first impression is writing a thank you letter or e-mail after the interview.