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How to Make a Great First Impression

There’s a saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”, and this is very true for interviews as first impressions do count, especially as a contractor. Nixon Williams are here not just to organise your company accounts but to offer friendly advice on issues affecting contractors. So here are some tips on making […]

By Alex Graham on 30 Mar 2016
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There’s a saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”, and this is very true for interviews as first impressions do count, especially as a contractor. Nixon Williams are here not just to organise your company accounts but to offer friendly advice on issues affecting contractors. So here are some tips on making a great first impression.

Choice of Clothing

The first thing people are most likely to notice is your appearance and how you are representing yourself. And the main thing, are you dressed professionally? There are a few main things you need to ask yourself when choosing your outfit that even the most experienced may overlook.

Is it appropriate? Weather male or female, is your choice of clothing appropriate?

It seems that you can actually dress too smart for an interview, for instance if you show up in a sharp suit and the interviewer is only wearing a shirtand pants, you may look a little over the top, and unfortunately this could lose you the contract.

And the same goes for the other end of the spectrum. If you dress too casually, the client may not see you as suitable to working with their company andtherefore not offer you the contract.

Our advice would be to check what is expected for the role and then dress appropriately to suit that role – asking your agency might be the best option.

Body Language

This part does play an important role when it comes to interviewing. People’s first impression of you is going to include what they think of your bodylanguage. The way in which your present yourself will do wonders for you – if done correctly.

When greeting the interviewer make sure to smile and maintain a positive attitude at all times. Making sure to keep good eye contact at all times shows theinterviewer that you are interested in the role, and help you gauge the interviewer’s reactions.

When speaking, ensure that your thoughts are calm, collected and thought through before answering as what you say could determine how well the interviewgoes. You do not want to rush your answers as this will show your nerves but don’t keep them waiting at the same time.

Finally, try to establish a rapport with the interviewer, if you are relaxed (to a certain point) and friendly then other things will naturally flow.

If you feel that now is the right time to make the move to contracting, then call our New Business Team on01253 362062 or email craig.whelan@nixonwilliams.com

 

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