First Impressions – Interviewing

Eminem stated in his song “Lose yourself”

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

You walk into the office you straighten your tie, brush out your dress with your hands. You feel the blood start to heat up on the back of your neck. The palms of your hands start to sweat. You wipe them on your trousers. You check you breath, shoes, shirt and smile. You always smile.  Are you ready? Bam here it goes. My name is ….. I am here for an interview….

We want people to accept us. We like to be chosen. We all feel nervous.  We are nervous because we have heard that most first impressions are made within the first 90 seconds.  You know what you can do in 90 seconds. I can make one can of Easy Mac mac and cheese. I can run 1/4 mile ( if I am lucky).  Have 1 conversation.  Watch 1 1/2  laps in a 500 lap Nascar race.  2 games of hide and seek with my 2-year-old.

So in 90 seconds people will start to make preliminary decisions on your ability to work and succeed at their company. Wow… no pressure. So what do you do? How do you act? Do you seem energetic and outgoing but not too outgoing so that you don’t seem needy, but you really need and want the job? How much to you smile? How little do you smile?

I have the answer. Just kidding . I wish I did. No one has THE answer. Each interview is different. Each interview will be different. The question are you willing to capture the moment and not let it slip by.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!. They brought you in to interview you. I do not know many people who interview people just to waste your time and theirs. Time is too precious to waste it. You may not be the right fit but they WANT you there to verify and check to see there could be a potential match. You have to believe in yourself. If you believe yourself you will be surprised how many other people will as well.

I have found people with an offer in hand tend to interview better. Why? I think they are confident  and tend to be more comfortable in showcasing their skills.

First impressions are important but they are not the last word. You still need to have the knowledge, skill or ability. If you need to better your first impressions work in front of the mirror. Coach Sorich my football coach used to say practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice make perfect. If you need help work on your first impressions. Work on your smile, your 30 second introduction, handshake or whatever.

Good luck, by luck I mean where preparation meets opportunity.

Matt Cheek

Account Manager in the Recruiting Industry

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2 thoughts on “First Impressions – Interviewing

  1. My great friend had some additional advice:

    Look in the mirror before going to an interview…turn around in front of the mirror and see all sides.
    Press your clothes before the interview.
    Don’t come to the interview with a soda.
    Speak proper English.
    Don’t come in with a brief case, purse, and folder like you’re moving in that day.
    Have everything you need to complete an application…..past company addresses, contacts, phone numbers, schools/colleges, dates, etc.
    Be prepared for the interview to possibly extend longer than expected.
    Most companies now require picture ID. Bring that in with you.
    If you signed in at the front before the interview, be sure to sign out as well.

    This is all I can think of at the moment.

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