How to Make a Good First Impression at a Job Interview

Learn how to make a good first impression from career expert Nicole Williams in this Howcast video.

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Having trouble finding a job? Let career strategist Nicole Williams help you with your job search. In these videos, Nicole tells you how to write a resume and a cover letter; how to prepare for an interview, including a phone interview; how to post your resume online; how to find a mentor; and much more. Don't miss her job interview do's and don'ts.

 
 

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First impressions are everything. And when you walk into an interview, here's a couple of tips for making a good first impression. Number one, you want to have really strong tall posture. That's how you convey confidence for this job. You need to walk in as if you own this interview. The next thing you need to do is extend your hand and have a firm handshake. A handshake is a very traditional pertinent part of the job interview process. It's how someone assesses how confident you are moving into this job. The other thing you need to do is to be prepared by dressing the part. You need to look as if you already belong to this organization, so you need to look as if you fit. The last thing you really need to do and it sounds so simple and insignificant but it speaks volumes is to polish your shoes. The number one thing that the employer's doing is they're looking to what kind of attention to detail do you have, what kind of preparation have you done to go into this job interview. And for women, I want your bag to be prepared with your resume, you know, with whatever is appropriate for the interview, a notebook, a piece of paper, a pen, but I don't want this messy bag that communicates that you're out of control, that you are not prepared for the interview. These are the little things that you can do to ensure that you're making a great first impression.

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  • Nicole Williams

    Nicole is the best-selling author of three books, the latest of which, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, has been optioned by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. The company she founded, WORKS by Nicole Williams, is the go-to resource for career-minded young women and was named one of Forbes magazine's Top 10 Career Websites for Women. Nicole was recently named LinkedIn's Connection Director. She is also Shape magazine's career contributor, where she'll continue to spread her sexy mix of dating tips-turned-career strategies to young women everywhere.