And these impressions can be lasting, whether it’s the first time you connect with the interviewer or with anyone else you may meet along the way – even briefly – in the interview process.
The moment you walked in the joint
I could tell you were a man of distinction,
A real big spender …
The words above come from the song Big Spender from the musical Sweet Charity by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. But they make my point well. It takes just a few seconds to make an impression that can last a long time.
So please do all you can to keep every contact with each individual (in person or on the phone) – the screener, recruiter, elevator operator, employer, interviewer, receptionist, etc. – positive and energized. Not crazed or like you’re on uppers … but natural, pleasantly confident, and a strong, likable addition to any team.
Remember … all impressions count
Even phone contacts. If you have to do jumping jacks or listen to music before a phone interview to get your energy (or spirits) up, do it. The same for follow-up calls. If standing helps you, do that. Try adding a smile to your mouth as you speak on the phone to help keep it positive.
And when it comes to the job interview itself, if nerves or even a case of the “I don’t wannas” are getting to you on that day, try doing 10-20 minutes of aerobic exercise or singing or whatever it takes before you leave the house to shake off some of the loose nerves – and instead feed your positive energy. Studies have shown exercise can decrease anxiety.
From the moment you walk into the interview room and even the building itself (you never know who might be riding in the elevator with), you are there to present your best self, the one who would be excited to get an offer and the one they would be thrilled to get a “yes” from. The one they would enjoy working with.
They’re NOT just hiring skills, they’re hopefully hiring a resourceful person they will be happy to see every day. Someone they can trust to handle whatever you’re given to the best of your ability.
Someone real who is helpful and positive and listens well and pitches in when needed and looks for solutions rather than complaining – and gets along with & respects all kinds of people. Someone they’d enjoy working with.
Help them see that likable and capable person in every contact you have!
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