According to the Research, you have only 7 seconds to create a first impression whenever you are meeting someone. It has also been proved that the hiring manager can make a judgment about you within first 30 secs of your interview. But if you are conscious about the common mistakes that people often make, you are more likely to create killer First Impression that will help you to present yourself in the best possible way.
We have tried to explain a few of the Common things to keep in mind to create a killer first impression.
Read these explanations and keep a note of them so that you can make the best out of those 7 seconds.
A strong handshake is always considered a symbol of confidence and firmness. A strong handshake can create a Long Lasting First Impression that can help you to stay in the control of your conversations. Research shows that people with a Strong handshake are considered as being Confident, Calm, and Strong willed.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Things to keep in Mind
Position Your Hands in a Correct Way
Sitting in an interview and you are confused where you should put your hands. Well, the best advice is to put your hands under the table on your laps.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Things to keep in Mind
Smile and Maintain the Eye Contact
Avoiding Eye Contact while talking to someone is a sure shot way to understand that a person is either hiding something, telling a lie or not confident enough.
It has been proved that people who maintain eye contact during their conversations are considered to be more intelligent and confident. This quality also sends a signal that the person is genuinely interested in you.
Ask Genuine Questions and keep the conversation healthy
The most important part of any conversation is to find a common ground between both of you, so if you don’t know the person it’s good to ask some genuine questions. Asking these questions will help you to know more about that person which will act as an icebreaker and will help you to keep rolling the conversation.
But here are some of the taboo question which people often avoid talking to any person you are meeting with the first time. So I would suggest you to avoid asking questions about their health or family problems, religion, their love life, their personal life or problems
Maintain the Appropriate Physical Distance
You might have experienced how awkward we feel when someone intentionally or unintentionally try to invade your personal space. So the question is how would we know that we are invading their personal space, well researchers have identified 4 levels of personal space and if you are meeting a person for the first time or it’s a formal meeting you should maintain a distance of 4 to 12 feet.
And on the other hand side if you stand too close you seem to be aggressive or if you are standing too far you might be judged as you are not interested in the conversation.
Phubbing: the activity of being impolite in a social situation by looking at your phone instead of paying attention to the person you are with- (macmillandictionary.com)
According to one survey, the average person checks their phone 110 times a day. We are so used to this habit that we are doing it subconsciously and sometimes we forget that we are is a conversation with another person.
According to one study using your mobile phone while talking to someone is considered impolite and it shows that you are not interested in the conversation. Research has also shown that putting your phone on the table next to you reduces the conversation quality and your active participation.
So it’s better to put your mobile phone in your pocket while you are having a conversation and gradually you will overcome this habit of phubbing.
Be an Early Bird and always be In time
I know we all hate to wait for anything, so just place yourself in the position of that person who is waiting for you from last 30 mins. Because when we arrive late we give an impression of being unreliable, unorganized, lack of commitment and a person who doesn’t value time.
So the best way to be in time is to wake up early in the morning because I don’t believe to be on time I believe to be in time and I try to reach at least 10 min before the committed time.
Dress to impress
Being a part of the Indian Army, one thing which I have learned is to dress properly. Your dress should be clean and ironed. Even the statistics says that 55% of your first impression is based on your dress and how your present your self.
If you are meeting for the first time try to be natural and avoid using heavy perfumes.
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