The Importance Of First Impressions

Written by Serena Berger
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As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This holds true not only in relationships, but in the professional realm as well. There will most likely be several candidates applying for a job and the first impression that you make can cause an interviewer to enter the process predisposed to hiring you or passing you over, however the interview actually goes.

Opportunities to Make a First Impression

Most companies have multiple rounds of interviews before making job offers. They also have multi-part interviews so that you will meet many people within the company over the course of the day. Some of them may ask tough professional questions, others might give you the opportunity to ask about working there. Each time, you will have the chance to make a first impression on your new interviewer and you should not squander this opportunity, as each individual may have a say in who is called back or ultimately hired.

In some respects, resumes will provide a first impression before any interviews actually take place. While you do not want make any fictitious claims on your resume, it is your opportunity to impress the company and peak their interest in you as a candidate. A video resume makes a more powerful first impression than a written resume, so it's all the more important that you present yourself as well as you present the information about yourself.

Of course you should spend time ensuring that your resume does justice to your skills and experience. On the other hand, if you lack thorough experience and are very interested in a particular position, your enthusiasm and a serious plan for development may be enough to compensate for your inexperience. Companies may review your resume and go over notes made during the interviews, but their final decision will still be largely influenced by their first impression of you.


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