The minute you walked through the door…

Part 3 of my 4 part series on the myths around getting recruited concerns first impressions. The whispered warning that “They’ll have made their mind up about you within the first few seconds of meeting you”.

I’m not denying an impression will be made but here’s the challenge I would set to you. If, for whatever reason, you feel you’ve made a less than strong first impression than you would have liked then take the opportunity over the rest of the time you spend with them to redress that. That doesn’t mean being over the top. It’s about representing yourself consistently well. Employers assess you over the entire period of their interactions with you. Not just those first few seconds.

Still want to be more confident around those first impressions? Check out this video guide to the art of the handshake.

My tip? If your palm tends to get sweaty in pressurised situations consciously give it a wipe on your trousers or dress skirt just before you enter the building, get out of the lift, or enter the room.

David Gilchrist

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