“Don’t worry about making a great first impression. Be yourself. People will remember you by how you make them feel.”
Feeling worried or anxious about making the right first impression and how to behave in the interview? The first impression is something that cannot be faked. Indeed people do judge others by their looks but most employers will go by their instinct and assessment if you are a good match or not overall. They will also consider how comfortable they feel in your company.
“Shift your focus from making a great impression to experiencing a relaxed and whole-hearted conversation.”
When we try to focus on making the first impression, we simply stop being ourselves. And what’s the point in doing that? Simply put do not try make a good first impression at all. You are who you are and you are good enough, in fact you are great just the way you are. Furthermore, when you are relaxed, people who communicate with you can relax too. One little thing that can help is choosing appropriate clothes that are presentable enough but make you feel comfortable. After all, you came to check out if this opportunity is interesting for you. Focusing on being a good listener and finding out if this job offer is also a good opportunity for you will help you relax and engage in your interview more naturally.
Step #18 coffee break exercise:
- Think about your dream job and imagine you are in the interview.
- Focus on being authentic and yourself. Do you know which are your 3 top qualities while having a conversation with someone? Find out from your friends, colleagues or your family members. Knowing what makes you a good conversionalist will help you realise your strenghts that will make you more relaxed in the interview. List 3 of your strenghts.
- Share about your discoveries with your buddy. Supporting each other will help you find your dream job and it’s fun to do it together.
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# 18 – Stop worrying about making a great impression
How was this exercise for you? What did you discover? Would love to read your discoveries and comments.