Did you know it takes only a few seconds to form a first impression of someone?
An employer will have likely formed an impression of you before you’ve even had a chance to say hello.
These tips can help you ensure you make a good first impression:
1. Dress the part
Think carefully about what to wear to an interview.
Show the employer that you are serious about the job by putting effort into your clothing.
So what should you wear?
- For a professional office job. Wear business attire (clean and ironed). Keep makeup and jewellery to a minimum.
- Casual and less conservative setting (for example retail, hospitality or a trades position). Try to dress up rather than down and go for neat, clean and ironed at a minimum. What you see workers wearing on the job might not reflect what the employer expects applicants to wear at an interview.
2. Do your hair
Make sure your hair is clean and tidy. Employers have told us that applicants who have untidy or dirty hair do not leave a good impression.
3. Watch your body language
Employers are impressed by job seekers who:
- smile and are friendly
- offer a firm handshake
- make eye contact
- have good posture (it makes you appear more confident).
Practise meeting an employer for the first time in front of a mirror. This can give you immediate feedback on how you appear to an employer.
These tools can help you:
…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.