Making Positive First Impressions

You have probably heard the age-old adage warning, “first impressions are everything.” While we would like to relieve some of your anxiety, we must note that in some circumstances, a first impression is essentially what matters most. This ideology is particularly salient when navigating the career interviewing process.

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how to present yourself, or perhaps what not to do, take a look at our suggestions as you prepare for your big interview. 

  • Some colors are simply more “serious” than others and if you need to convey a strong, confident image, then you may want to select a color that falls into the classic neutral palette. This would include: navy, black, and khaki. If the job is more creative or trend based, you instead may want to go bolder with color and pattern.
  • Enter reception promptly (you should be between 10-15 minutes early) and stick around to assure that the secretary or receptionist calls up promptly. The last thing you want to do is blame the secretary for your tardiness.
  • Interviewers will often go back and ask their secretary what they thought of you. You should treat them just as if they were the interviewer themselves.
  • If your interviewer walks out to meet you you should always immediately stand, smile (but don’t overdo it), issue a proper greeting and prepare to shake hands. 

You made it! Now that you’ve made a poised, polished first impression, the “real” interview process can begin. Good luck and remember to always put your best foot forward, as long as its dressed in a nice high-heel! 

Impress New Co-Workers

Starting a new job can be overwhelming and generally you just want to fit in. First impressions are everything and if you want to be accepted, don’t skimp on politeness. Here are a few ways to score points with your office mates:

  • Don’t join in the heavy jokes or bad word usage. Until you really get a feel for the atmosphere in the office, stick to what your parents taught you about meeting new people.
  • Get to know your co-workers and their interests. This will catapult you into becoming friendly, rather than landing you in the category of an office gossip. If you love to run or play arcade games, try to plan an after work outing.
  • When a new position opens up and more than one person has there eyes on it, claws can come out. Make sure you mind your manners. Respect your co-workers, have a positive attitude, avoid inappropriate conversations and be proactive. You don't need office enemies.  
Impress your new co-workers and boss with your positive attitude and impeccable manners and you will be accepted in no time! 

Office Politics

Although an office can at times feel like your home, considering you most likely spend more time at your desk than anywhere else. It should be noted, that it is in fact not your home, but yet a shared space, and with that shared space come etiquette rules and regulations that need to be followed. Whether clearly spelled out in a general office manual or just being common sense, there are company guidelines and underlined basic etiquette to be followed. 

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