Congratulations! You landed a job interview. Now what? First of all, stay calm. If you stress too much you might end up doing the opposite of what you want. Do you know it only takes 8 seconds to form a first impression? Yes, that short only so make it count.
I already blogged before about what you should wear on a job interview so here I’m going to teach you how to make a perfect first impression when you walk on that interview because of #FirstImpressionsMatter. I’ve distilled the advice of dozens of friends, family, and professors to guide you to this process. Together with my own experience, it’s your blueprint for what you need to give a perfect first impression on the first 8 seconds of your job interview.
1. Don’t Be Late (Duhh!!)
First things first, be on time on your job interview. If they said 3:00 pm be there at 3:30 pm at least. Even if you’re just a minute late at the exact time of the interview it’s already giving a bad first impression. I once went to my internship interview 30-40 minutes early and the interviewer was very impressed because I’m the first to arrived and apparently the only one who isn’t late. And yes, I was hired immediately after my interview was over.
Take Note: Being a student is not an excuse to be late on your job interview. And being “fashionably late�? is just rude.
2. Dress As If You Already Got The Job
I once blogged about what you should wear on different kinds of job interviews. Like if you are getting interviewed for a creative position, do not wear a suit. And do not wear anything that isn’t pressed. Don’t carry multiple bags or even a shopping bag or a plastic with a drink you bought from a convenience store. But just because you’re dressing as if you already got the job, don’t drape on too much jewelry also, no major bling, please. That’s just too much. Just look professional, clean, and chic.
3. Be Confident.
When you walk in the room at an interview, don’t look nervous, smile with a spark of confidence but don’t show too much teeth or be overly enthusiastic, still try to keep your cool. Shake the interviewer’s hand firmly but not too hard and say thank you for having you. It also helps to take a deep breath before entering the room. One very effective confidence booster I know is having a flawless face because it’s the first thing that people look at. It is okay to use makeup on a job interview, but not too much.