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1.4 Good first impression checklist

Creating a mental checklist for when you meet an interviewer or someone at a networking event is a useful way to make sure your first impression is a good one. You could use the following:

  • Make eye contact
  • Smile
  • Firm handshake (if appropriate)
  • Sit straight in your chair, shoulders down and back
  • Maintain open body language (don’t fold your arms or cross your legs)
  • Listen to what the other person is saying.

Once you’ve made a good first impression, you then need to make sure that your answers to interview questions are as effective as possible. You’ll look at how to do this next.