How to make a great first impression on employers

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The Department of Employment regularly surveys Australian employers. We asked them what young job seekers can do to make a good impression at an interview.

Employers said that they are impressed by job seekers who: 

  • are punctual
  • dress appropriately
  • offer a firm handshake
  • smile and are friendly
  • make eye contact
  • have good posture (it makes you appear more confident)
  • are well presented.

Some other ways to show an employer you really want to work with them:

  1. Be your best self. Be mindful of how you present to others - employers will be trying to get an idea of your personality, abilities and your values, such as respect for others, reliability and trustworthiness. Make sure your social media profiles show you in a positive light. If not, change the privacy settings.
  2. Show them you understand their business. Do some homework on the employer to get an idea of their business, including what they do, their challenges and priorities. This will help you explain what you can offer them and shows you are keen to work for them.
  3. Ask questions. If you have a genuine interest in a specific brand, business or industry, show this by asking questions about their products and services or upcoming projects. Ask employers questions they want to answer. They’ll remember you for it.

For more information on what employers look for in young workers, see the fact sheet 'Looking for a Job - Employer Advice for Young People' on the Labour Market Information Portal. 

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…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.