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How to Avoid Making a Bad First Impression

Cynthia Written by Cynthia on June 28th, 2012

Contributing author for MyOnlineColleges.com

When it comes to career advice, there are some things which are considered basics – the foundation for any career route you decide to take. No matter where you apply for a job or what kind of career you are about to embrace, making a good impression on the employers or interviewers is what will get you through the initial phases. Obviously you have to very precise and careful because no one gets a second chance to make that much desired first impression.

Here is some essential career advice that you should go through so you don’t make a wrong impression.

  • Time Management – The first rule of career development is to make sure that you are not wasting someone else’s time. And the only way to accomplish that is by not wasting your own time. Be mindful about interview call timings and don’t go in late for meetings.
  • Be Thoughtful – Yes, thoughtful. Before you involve yourself in a conversation make sure the other person has the time for it that particular moment. Perhaps you can reach them some other time for the same conversation. Even if it is a meeting you have arranged, don’t assume the other person has the rest of the day off. Work within the time frame you have received.
  • Look Engaged – When in the midst of discussion, taking notes is always appropriate. It gives the other person the impression that you are interested and paying attention. It is a good way to build a positive rapport with the other person and to appear serious and professional.
  • Job Seeker Vs Solution Provider – Most people think of themselves as an employee. Someone who needs a job that he or she can perform mechanically. But when employers search through applicants, they will prefer someone who can offer them solutions. Perhaps the interviewers is faced with some business challenges that you can help them with. If you genuinely show interest in their needs, they are bound to look at you in a positive light.
  • Be Prepared – You have to go in prepared. Whatever company it is that you are applying to, you should have read up and researched their history and profile so that you don’t appear to be unintelligent. Putting in this little bit of effort will set you apart from the crowd and it will influence a positive relationship with the employer.

You can also share some accomplishment stories without making it seem like you are bragging about yourself. Only share stories that are relevant to the employer’s situation. Always dress appropriately and follow up with a thank you note. It will go a long way in making the employer remember you – and not in a bad way either.

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