Scientifically, it has been proven that the first ten seconds of an encounter are of critical importance. This is because in these first few seconds, the human being forms opinions about the other person. This judgement is often unchanged, even after numerous minutes of discussion.
The scope of an interview is to provide the best possible impression about yourself, therefore it is of essential importance to make the most out of the time you have available. Keep in mind however, that the first few seconds are possibly what matter the most.
In order to provide a good first impression, it is important to portray an image of self-confidence, professionalism and composure. This positive image may be passed on by means of the following gestures and behaviour:
- Give a firm handshake
- Maintain appropriate eye contact throughout the encounter
- Dress appropriately and maintain a professional attitude
- Walk straight with shoulders back
- Sit upright whilst seated
- Look interested in what the interviewer is saying and nod appropriately
It is also important to show enthusiasm for the position as well as interest in the organisation. This tends to provide a positive reaction by interviewers since it is translated in energy and motivation. On the other hand, one should not be over-enthusiastic as this would not be considered positively.
Many perceive interviews as being a difficult and possibly scary, however it is important to overcome this concept and use the time allocated for an interview at your best capacity, ensuring that as from the initial greeting you portray yourself in the best possible manner.