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Make a Positive First Impression

Studies show the first few minutes of a job interview are critical. A positive first impression gives you a good chance to show your skills and knowledge and potentially get the job!

  • Arrive on time - preferably 10 minutes early
  • Smile and introduce yourself in a courteous manner to the receptionist
  • When greeted by the interviewer, stand up straight, make eye contact, smile, and extend your hand for a handshake.
  • Carry your briefcase on your left shoulder so your right hand is free for shaking hands
  • Shake hands firmly, palm to palm. Avoid either a weak or overly aggressive handshake.
  • Engage in small talk - elaborate on questions with more than a yes or no response and ask
  • Questions to create a two-way conversation
  • Show enthusiasm - use vocal inflection, facial expression, and hand gestures to convey interest.
  • Use good posture - stand or sit up straight, keep your shoulders band and head up. Don’t cross your arms across your chest.
  • Show active listening through non-verbal feedback: lean slightly forward in your chair, make eye contact, smile and nod as the interviewer speaks.


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