5 Quick Tips to Make a Good First Impression at Your Next Interview

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression.

It may sound cliché, but it’s true. And it’s especially true when you’re looking for employment.

You want to impress your interviewer – and yes, this includes your staffing agency recruiter, too.

Remember, staffing agencies are well-connected to many companies in the area. So, if you want to increase your odds of finding a great job, your first step is making a good first impression on your recruiter.

Want to know what you can do to make a positive impression at your next interview?

We can help.

Making a good first impression is easy if you follow these 5 tips:

     1. Be kind.

Your interview starts the second you walk through the door, and it’s important to treat everyone with respect. While the receptionist may not have hiring power, don’t think their opinion isn’t being shared throughout the office. Every employee you come in contact with is developing an opinion of you based on that interaction. Make sure it’s a good one.

     2. Don’t bring your baggage.

Literally. No shopping bags, gym bags, or any additional oversized baggage. Leave your coffees and bottled waters in the car or dispose of them before entering the building. Bring only what you need. This includes your resume and possibly a notebook, if you’d like to jot anything down.

     3. Practice good hygiene.

This is self-explanatory, but just in case, here are a few reminders. Hair should be neatly kept, nails clean and not distracting. Please be mindful of odors – and not just unpleasant ones. Don’t overdo it on the perfume or cologne, that can be just as offensive.

     4. Dress to impress.

You may not be looking for a corporate job, but make an effort when dressing for your interview. We’re not saying you need to wear a suit. A nice pair of jeans or slacks and button-down shirt or blouse is all you need. Avoid tight, wrinkled and stained clothing. Being neat and polished in your appearance will help further your brand as a professional.

     5. Practice makes perfect.

Be prepared to discuss your work history and skills, and be able to provide examples to back it up. Practice interviewing or answering questions with a friend, or in front of a mirror. There are many ways to prepare for your interview. But the main idea is this: The more you practice, the better you’ll sound, and the more confident you’ll be.

How TERRA Can Help

If you are searching for your next job opportunity, TERRA can help.

We have offices in the Seattle-Puget SoundPortland-Metro, and Phoenix-Metro areas and our expert recruiters are waiting to speak with you!

Getting started with us is simple. Just check out our current job openings.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Call us today.

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