Many people believe that first impressions begin after you shake hands, sit down, and begin the formal interview. This article will discuss the fallacy of such thinking.
If the prospective employers send drivers to pick up job seekers from the airport, the first impressions about the job seekers will be concerned with how they relate to their drivers. If the job seekers treat these drivers too much like subordinates, the first impressions of these job seekers probably will be negative impressions. The prospective employers probably will ask these drivers for their impressions of the various job seekers.
Most job seekers usually will drive themselves to their interview locations. They will not make good first impressions if, before the interviews, they are observed:
- Speeding through the parking lot.
- Using two spaces to park their cars.
- Taking shortcuts by cutting across lawns.
- Throwing trash such as cigarettes or gum wrappers on the ground.
When job seekers arrive at the office where they will interview, they will not make good first impressions if they:
- Are more than ten minutes early.
- Use their cell phones to take and make calls.
- Eat or drink snacks.
- Read non professional magazines.
- Ignore the secretaries who seem to be willing to talk.
- Miss their chances to closely observe and get a feel for the organization where they will interview.
When prospective employers, who will interview them, approach the job seekers, the job seekers will not make good first impressions if they:
- Are not immediately able to shake hands with the prospective employers who will interview them, thus leaving each prospective employer with an awkwardly extended hand.
- Extend their hand to shake before the prospective employers are prepared to shake, thus leaving the job seekers’ hand awkwardly extended.
- Shake hands with an improper grasp, firmness, duration, posture, or eye contact.
- Sit down before told where and when to sit, thus taking the risk that they will sit in chairs designated for those who will conduct the interviews.
- Interpret friendly, casual behaviors of prospective employers as invitations to completely relax to the point where they lose their sharpness and professionalism.
The purpose of interviews is not just to gather more information about the job seekers. The interviews also are meant to discover the personality and poise possessed by the various job seekers. Make sure you get off to the right start during your job interviews.