First Impressions Matter

by Princess Fanning

When applying for a job you might wonder:  will I get it? How long will it be before the employer calls back? Is my resume long enough? These are very important factors in finding a job, but what about making a good first impression?


First impressions are one of the most important details when coming face to face to an employer.  Here are a few ways to set a good impression:

Be on time. This shows the employer that you are dedicated and serious about what you want to do. Employers aren’t interested in hearing “good excuses.” If you can’t meet a standard such as arriving on time, your employer might not feel you’re ready to start just yet. Arriving early is better that arriving late and is the first step in creating a great first impression.

Have good body language and appearance: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The “picture” you first present says much about you to the person you are meeting. You do not want to arrive wearing anything revealing, too tight, baggy, overused, or explicit. You want to have a smile on your face. And make sure your hygiene is not affecting those around you. A firm handshake is always good to present when meeting someone new. It shows confidence and that you’re sincere. (A weak handshake can tell the other person a lot about you.) Your posture is important too; slouching gives the impression of insecurity and defeat. Stand straight and tall, possibly with a hand on your hip if you want to convey to someone that you are a strong and confident individual.

Be yourself. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not, or you are stuck with that label forever. Don’t brag about yourself or bring outside situations into the conversation. Do not lie. Honesty is a key factor when working anywhere. Share your interest and schooling and why you’re interested in that job.  Have a sense of humor.

Ask questions. Ask about the business and the job. Find out the pros and cons before deciding if the job is really a fit for you! You can even do some research and present it during the interview. It lets your interviewer know just how committed you are to wanting to work with them.


Princess Fanning is a part of the STEP-UP Achieve program with a summer internship in the Labor Market Information Office and Workforce Development Division at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. 


One thought on “First Impressions Matter

  1. Teri July 13, 2013 / 4:58 am

    Great points, Princess!


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