Friday 20 February 2009

Do First Impressions Count?

The old adage of "first impressions count" is never more applicable than in an interview situation and you never get a second chance to make a first impression. According to research, employers' impressions are made in the following way:
  • Body Language & Image (70%)
  • Tone of Voice (20%)
  • What You Say (10%)
Even when waiting in the reception area, be friendly and alert; you never know who is watching, nor what influence the receptionist might have! Greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake.

A ‘wet kipper’ handshake implies lack of confidence and this first action can create the wrong impression at the start. Makes me cringe just thinking about it.

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