Creating a good first impression on your first day

New university graduates are facing a tough job market, so once you a land a job it is imperative to demonstrate your worth from the offset.It takes just a quick glance for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. Therefore it is important to know how to create a good, lasting first impression.

So, here are a few tips on how make a great first impression to hold on to that first graduate job or turn that internship into a permanent role:

1.      Be on time! This is the first step in creating a good first impression so plan to arrive a few minutes early and allow flexibility for traffic delays etc. Whoever you are meeting for the first time will not be interested in your “good excuse” for running late. Don’t be ridiculously early either, go and grab a coffee.

2.      Present yourself appropriately. Our appearance is usually the first clue someone we meet has to go on so make sure your appearance is portraying the right message. Think about the company and the industry and dress suitably. Make sure you are well groomed with clean and tidy clothes. This will also make you feel ‘the part’ giving you a confidence boost.

3.      A good handshake! Nobody likes a ‘limp fish’ so practice your handshake before your first day.

4.      Always smile! Even if you are shy, a smile shows that you are engaged and interested in what the people you are meeting have to say. A warm and confident smile will leave a great lasting impression, so flash those pearly whites!

5.      Pay attention to your body language. Crossed arms, wandering eyes or yawning convey that you are not approachable or interested in what people have to say. Try not to play with your hair too much and avoid repeatedly touching your face as this is a sign of nervousness.

6.      Remember names! If you are bad with names try and repeat everyone’s name back to them and use it in the conversation. This will help you to remember it in the future, which makes you seem really on top of your game.

7.      Find a connection. You should look for something you have in common with the person you are talking to as this will help them remember you.

8.      Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Nobody is going to be angry at you for needing help in your first few days. This is the time to learn so if you are confused on where to go or what to do then ask!

9.      Listen! Displaying that sparkling personality is important but talking too much and not listening enough is a huge turn-off.

10.  Be polite! It goes without saying that good manners and polite, attentive and courteous behaviour help make a good first impression.

Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So follow these simple tips and you should nail that first impression. Good luck!

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