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The first few minutes of a job interview are critically important for creating a good first impression. In fact, the first 30 seconds can make you or break you. Interviewers gather clues about you based on the way you look, how you shake hands, the eye contact you make and the first words that come out of your mouth. It pays to have a strategy for creating a great first impression every time you interview.
If handshaking isn’t part of your daily routine, chances are your handshake is less than what it ought to be. The best way to practice is to go to some kind of social event where you’ll have the opportunity to meet many new persons. Make it a game to shake as many hands as you can. See what you can read in others by the way they shake hands. Use the time to perfect your handshake so that your next interview you’ll stick out your hand with confidence.
It’s true that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. If you blow the first few minutes of your interview you may have lost your chance at a great job. Remember, you’ll most likely interview several people for each job opportunity. You’ll have to make a great first impression with each interviewer. Don’t get lax in your first-impression strategy. Use these tips for each and every person you interview with and you’ll be on your way to your next best career opportunity.
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