When you go for an interview, from the moment you walk in, you are being judged. What the interview panel is thinking about you from the moment you sit down is important. You are well prepared and ready for the presentation or written test or the interview itself. These practices will help you further:
Simply smiling can be one of the best ways to make a good impression on anyone. If you enter a situation without one, it could put a negative impression on a potentially difficult situation. And smiling just makes you feel happier and releases bad emotions.
—John Rampton, JohnRampton.com
2. Be present.
Stop your mind chatter. Listen to the question. Give yourself 100 percent to that other person and chances are you will make a good impression. Your presence is the greatest gift you can offer another human being.
—Corey Blake, Round Table Companies
3. Be on time.
Punctuality is crucial, especially in today’s business world where everyone is ultra-busy and their patience is extremely thin. Probably one in which your opinion of the late arrival dropped considerably. So show respect and consideration by arriving on time.
—Nicolas Gremion, Free-eBooks.net
4. Be authentic.
Being yourself is the first way to positively kick-start a new relationship. People can tell if you’re not authentic and, more so, it’s no fun for you to try to be something you’re not. Don’t try to be the person you think your audience wants to meet, rather than giving them a chance to get to know your true self first.
—Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40 / Finance Whiz Kids
5. Make eye contact.
Often people become overeager to make a good impression and forget to balance the conversation. Rattling on and on about yourself will only leave the other party feeling disenchanted and undervalued.
—Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer, AirPR
6. Show confident body language.
Over 70 percent of what we say is nonverbal. Stand your ground with confident body language, your back erect and your shoulders square. Move slowly, smoothly and confidently as if you’re swimming through a pool. When someone beckons you, turn your head slowly and make direct eye contact. These things imply that you’re someone who takes himself seriously and is confident in your abilities—traits everyone likes to see.
—Brennan White, Cortex
7. Ask questions that show you’re listening.
The No. 1 thing people like to talk about? Themselves. Make sure to ask questions that indicate you’re interested and that you’re listening. That person will do 95 percent of the talking and will only remember what a great conversation you had.
—Adam Stillman, SparkReel
8. Exude overt warmth.
Whenever I would have a home-cooked meal at my grandmother’s house, I would always leave with a warm, fuzzy feeling of comfort that made me believe everything was going to be OK. By exuding that feeling through being exceedingly kind, staying ultra-engaged in what the other person is saying and staying authentic, you will be seen as a trustworthy and all-around good person.
—Firas Kittaneh, Amerisleep
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