How Do I Make a Great First Impression on a Job Interview?

How Do I Make a Great First Impression on a Job Interview?

March 14, 2022

Preparing for a job interview?
You know the drill. Be on time. Dress well. Be positive. Know things about the company.
Such tips allow you to merely “get to the interview table” but how do you make that great first impression?

Let’s step back a moment for an analogy.
It’s your first date with that special someone.

So how do you prepare? Be on time. Be positive.
Know things about their— parents.

Parents? 

Stoicess, you mean I need to know things about the person—not the parents—right?

Whether it’s a first date or a job interview, it’s not always just a specific skill that is being sought— the personality of the applicant has a significant impact.

Most anyone can show they have the skills to do a certain task required of the position – most of us figured out kissing before having that special first date. For the job interview, you had to meet the basic qualifications of having a “specific skill set” before being invited to the interview.

However, not everyone has that special trait – the winning personality – that the interviewer is really interviewing for.

Knowing personal things about the interviewer allows you to have a lively conversation during the interview.

You see, when doing business with colleagues, you’ll find that I spend around 75% of our meeting time talking about personal things about each other. For a 30-minute meeting, that’s 20 minutes. For the last 10 minutes—we hit the business stuff hard and make decisions quickly.

By spending the time to know the other on a personal basis, we each know how the other will respond when tough decisions need to be made. 

Think of it another way. Why do so many important decisions occur on the golf course or tennis court? 

It’s simply because the individuals have connected personally by spending that personal time together, so the business end works out quickly and perfectly.  

So what about that job interview and that “special trait” they’re seeking?

Stoicess, are you suggesting we go play golf or tennis for the interview?

I’m suggesting that you do some research on the interviewer in order to get to know them personally before that special meeting. There’s social media – Facebook, Instagram, and “googling their name” – for finding out their likes and dislikes so you can connect with them.   

The ability to interact well with the interviewer thereby meets all those “hidden traits” the company is looking for – a team player, getting along with others, and being even-minded. 

You’ll stand out way above the other candidates as “The ONLY ONE for the job” because you have that winning personality.

As I’ve said before, “Use nature as your Ally”. 

For interviewing, you’re making that lasting first impression on a real person, a human being, someone that’s a part of nature (just like when dating) and not the interviewer’s “Parent”— some legal entity called “The Company”.

So go get’em!

Make that everlasting impression on that first date—excuse me, Job Interview!

Now using My S-T-O-I-C STORYTELLING method:

(S) How do I make a great first impression on a job interview?
(T) “To be even-minded is the greatest virtue.”
(O) By being able to interact well with the interviewer, I was able to sail through the interview with confidence.
(I) I realized that sometimes what interviewers are looking for are not just the skills for the job, but the winning personality of the applicant.
(C) I improved my confidence when facing this potential rocky environment of interviewing.

The Stoicess’ Secret?
A Job Interview is Just Another First Date

Remember: “It’s the Situation Keeping My Connection with Him”.

I’m Lori Stith, The Stoicess, and I believe in You!

Here’s the video link if you’d like to watch: https://youtu.be/fpagv1Zlams

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