Your first job interview mistake

July 8, 2010 · Posted in Preparation · Comment 

The first mistake most people make comes very early indeed – not realising that your interview starts as soon as you open the door to enter. And that might not even be the door to the interview room – sometimes the receptionist may later be asked how you behaved when your guard was down.

As you enter a room the people inside form an impression of you within two seconds. And that impression is confirmed and expanded in the first minute, maybe two minutes. By then your interviewers know, subconsciously, whether you seem the right kind of person. Whatever you say later on, you’ll find it hard to override their first impression when they saw you walking in.

So your entrance is really important. That includes your manner, your posture, your body language and facial expressions. It also includes your energy, your tone of voice, and your attitude.

Make sure you are already in the right frame of mind when you arrive, and each time you meet an interviewer. When you are waiting to be seen, stop focusing on your worries and start shining!