With the competitive nature of today’s job market, it is important that you know how to get every edge you possibly can in trying to win a job, and one of the best ways to gain an edge in winning a job is to make a good first impression! A good first impression can be the difference between you and “the other applicants” being seriously considered for a job, and a bad first impression can be the difference between you being a serious contender for a job and becoming a quick, “Thanks for applying, but we are going to go with someone else.”
Be on time: Most people realize that they should be “on time” for an interview, but they fail to realize that “on time” really means being there a minimum of thirty minutes early; this will impress anyone who is watching, and it will give you a further leg up if someone else is late.
Practice your handshake: Before you go to the interview, take some time to practice your handshake with a friend or a family member; your handshake will be your first introduction, and you will need to make sure that it is firm (but not too firm!) and tight, as this is the sort of handshake that shows that you have confidence and control.
Be aware of eye contact: Even though we all know that eye contact is important, many of us go to a job interview and completely neglect to hold eye contact during our meeting; first remind yourself that it is important to keep eye contact, and then remember to keep eye contact!
Keep an eye on your posture: If you are in a particularly long interview, it can be easy for you to start out with great posture and to eventually start losing this as the interview goes on; take some time to practice keeping your posture good for long periods, as this can make a big difference in your interview!
By keeping all of these points in mind, you will not necessarily guarantee that you will get hired for that job that you covet, but you will certainly set yourself apart from the others who have applied, and you will certainly increase your chances of success!