A job interview was being held at a popular restaurant cafe. Two managers were seated nearby to interview several applicants for an assistant manager position. One applicant seemed very confident, engaging and enthusiastic about the job opportunity. After the interview, the managers both agreed that the applicant may be an ideal candidate for the job.
The next applicant seemed very distracted, confused and unorganized. When the applicant left, one of the interviewers mentioned that the applicant did not seem right for the position and how the applicant’s bad posture was a complete turnoff.
Whether you are interviewing for a dream job, meeting a potential client for the first time or going out on a date, first impressions will always matter. Here are a few tips to help you experience a winning first impression.
Brighten Your Smile & Freshen Up Your Breath
You’ve probably heard this a dozen times that drinking tea, coffee, smoking and even eating certain fruits (berries) can stain your teeth over time. To brighten up your smile, consider getting your teeth professionally whitened. Let’s face it, a bright smile with white sparkling teeth is attractive. Yellow stained teeth are unsightly to some people.
Another important thing to consider is the scent of your breath. When you fail to freshen your breath properly, it will leave a lasting impression on everyone you meet, (a negative one), especially when you’re on a date.
To prevent bad breath odors, drink plenty of water to cleanse your body of toxins daily (6-8 glasses). When your body is well hydrated, you’ll be less likely to experience dry mouth, which contributes to bad breath.
Pay close attention to what you eat. Try to avoid hot spicy foods. When you do eat them, chew on fresh parsley immediately afterwards and brush your teeth thoroughly and rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water.
Eat plenty of leafy green veggies (kale, spinach, romaine, etc.) regularly. Visit your dentist every 6 months to get your teeth professionally clean and examined. You’ll be a lot less self-conscious about your breath. And, you won’t feel the need to go through a pack of mints just to keep your breath smelling fresh. Most mints mask bad breath anyway.
Always Make Eye Contact
When you look a person straight in the eye during a conversation, it shows that you are confident. It also shows respect to the person you’re talking to or greeting. Avoid looking around too much because it will give people the impression you’re distracted.
Talk & Listen More
People who talk and engage in interesting conversation tend to be more liked than people who are introverts. There should be a happy medium. Don’t overdo it! You’ll want to avoid talking too much, of course.
Make sure to always talk to people and not at them. Show that you are genuinely interested in their conversation by not interrupting them while they are talking. This is very important, especially when you’re trying to make a good first impression.
Hopefully, this will give you a general idea of how to make a good first impression, and a memorable one!