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
- 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.