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How to Make the First Impression in an Interview

How to Make the First Impression in an Interview

How important the first impression is?

“Nobody impresses me for the first sixty days on the job.” This was a saying that all of those working with me in the corporate world would hear me say over and over. I wanted to express that there’s a difference between the impression a job seeker leaves initially—even as early as during the interview—and the impression an employee makes afterward for the duration. I have proved that particular opinion to be correct many times over: people who had made a great impression during the interview not in all cases demonstrated those great qualities and extensive knowledge some months after being hired and on the job.

But let’s first agree on the purpose of the interview. No, it is not to get the job. It is to get a job offer. And once the offer was committed to paper and received by the candidate, the latter must perform due diligence, evaluate the offer, negotiate if appropriate and possible, and then make a final decision. However, to get that coveted letter that starts with the word Congratulations, one needs to convince the hiring team that one is the ideal candidate.

Don’t underestimate the importance of the first impression

We’ve all heard the saying that the first impression is a lasting impression. And it’s true. Interview guru Lou Adler performed an otherwise admittedly less-than-scientific study via a survey. The result was that more than 80 percent of people like a person they meet for the first time. And this is applicable also in an interview situation. A further question asked about the importance of that first impression; in Adler’s study example, it was a salesperson. Of the respondents, 85 percent indicated that the first impression is highly important. Now, I don’t think there’s anything new or surprising about those numbers, but they do support the general tenet of the importance of the first impression.

The first impression can be nearly impossible to reverse. The impression made during a first encounter is extremely important, simply because it sets the scene for all future interactions.

Remember the importance of the smile!

“Smile and the world smiles too,” as the adage goes. There’s nothing like a smile to create a good first impression. A pleasant and confident smile puts both parties at ease. So, smiling is always a winner when it comes to making a great first impression.

Project confidence

Body language as well as appearance speaks much louder than words. Use your body language to project self-assurance. Stand tall, make eye contact, and greet with a firm handshake. Good manners together with polite, attentive, and enthusiastic behavior help make a good first impression.  When decision making comes, people will forget all the words you said but will remember the image you created.

The Value Proposition — Why Do People Say “YES?”

Why Do People Say "YES?"

Why Do People Say “YES?”

The value proposition is all about why do people say “yes”.  In a job search, like it or not, one of the biggest challenges marketing yourself effectively to a future employer. The essence of marketing is the message, and the essence of the message is the value proposition! If you develop a strong value proposition, you will help your future employer say “yes” to hire you, to buy what you are selling. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to write a clear value proposition that provides your unique core message and offers your “customer” a bulletproof rationale to choose YOU over your competitors.

In this presentation, you will learn to develop a value proposition that answers four questions:

  1. What is it that you do?
  2. For whom do you do it?
  3. What benefits do you provide?
  4. What makes you distinctive in the marketplace?

 

Social Media Tools for People in Transition

Social media

Social media makes the world go around

Social media has arrived and has quickly emerged as a fruitful tactic. It continues to gain traction as mobile technology expands and turns recruiting into a 24/7 practice.

Are you using old school methods?

Struggling to be noticed?

Want to learn how social media can land you the job?

Despite being one of the least effective ways to land a position, most people continue to spend the hours submitting their resumes to job boards – which also happens to be one of the least effective methods of getting a job.

 Companies, recruiters, hiring managers, human resource officials are part of a powerful community who are using social media because it works.

You may find yourself avoiding social media for any number of reasons, some justifiable. However, the positives and opportunities outweigh your reluctance to jump on board. In this session, you will discover why social media needs to be part of your job search strategy and what steps you can employ to propel you ahead of the competition.

Social media not only helps you to uncover job leads and build your professional brand, it can accelerate your job search and have you enjoying that new paycheck sooner than you expected.

During this session, you will:

  • Get an inside look at how social media can work for you
  • Find that social media can share what’s not on your resume
  • Identify tools to help you manage your search
  • Understand the “must have’s” in your social media plan
  • Develop a social media game plan that’s right for you