It’s not always that one can create a lasting impression within minutes of meeting someone. Is your overall posture, body language, non – verbal communications that will essentially create a lasting first impression? In this section of the article you will be able to learn ways in which you can create a long –lasting impression with the ones whom you deal while doing business.
The image you have and the way you are portrayed
The way light travels faster than sound. Similarly you are seen way before you are heard. Therefore your visual presence matters a lot. The visual aspect of your presence will speak volumes about your level of intelligence, competence, confidence belief and success.
In simpler words, it means if we know certain positive things about a person, we tend to have a generally positive impression of that person and vice- versa.
Can your appearance at the interview matter?
Inappropriate dressing, poor handshakes are a big no; employers generally get agitated by job applicants during interviews in the first go. It is a big put off for the employer in the very beginning of the interview. As an employer you will be representing the company so if you are not appropriately dressed, the image of the company you represent too will be looked down upon.
Each and every individual have to modify their appearance to fit into a professional environment So remember to create that lasting impression during an interview you need to be a complete package compromising a comprehensive and well designed resume, articulate personality, confidence to land an interview. At the end of it all how you get perceived during the interview will fetch you the desired results and let you know if you were able to leave the lasting impression.
8 things employees can do to be sure to create that lasting impression on your company business:
- Dress suitably as per the dress code requirement for the industry
In a conservative work industry such as banking, Customer Relationship or Law you need to be dressed in a more conservative manner. Being “provocative,” in your dressing sense might sabotage your chances of attracting the kind of attention that wins you credibility. Likewise, in an advertising agency for instance you are allowed to dress aesthetically and more casual. Dressing to fit your profession will make you give a sense of belonging with the team and with that particular corporate culture.
- Give attention to colour coding while dressing
Colour is a very important communicator and has emotional and psychological aspects on both the one who is wearing and the one who sees. The colour you wear can influence behaviour, perception and responses. It’s best to study the colours that would best suit your skin tone and hair colour and then use this knowledge as an invaluable tool in putting together your professional wardrobe.
- Dress for Your Body Type
Dress in clothes that fit right. The clothes you wear should neither be too tight or too big. You should not wear clothes that would show too much of your skin.
- Focus on quality wear rather than quantity
You should ideally dress in the best quality that suits your budget and is easily affordable. It’s best to aim to build a core wardrobe with quality rather than quantity. The quality outfits you invest in will ensure the clothes have a longer shelf life and therefore work out reasonably cheaper in the long run.
- Finesse is the key
Cultivate and practice impeccable grooming habits. Your clothes should not smell of food or body odour. Keep your hair neatly buckled ad combed. That in no way means you should keep it greasy. Use moderate make up and wear socks that do not smell bad odour. Make sure to communicate smart. You should certainly read in detail about the speech hooks that can help you get brownie points during an interview. When you will give attention to all these minute yet very prominent details it will reflect that you care about all the components that are necessary to represent the company in the business scenario.
- Dress as per the trends of the 21st Century
Throw away all those neon coloured clothes, loud prints and your dad’s ties, shirts or bottoms. No doubt there is an emotional quotient attached, however you need to choose an alternative venue and occasion to carry those old fashioned clothes with grace.
- Dress as per your work profile you intend to portray in the near future
Observe and enact your role model. This will certainly enhance your confidence and lend greater credibility to your intended message of where you want to go and the position you aspire to achieve. If you dress according to where you want to see yourself heading, you may find more doors opening. In simpler terms it means if you are an executive and want to move to a managerial role dress like a manager.
- Seek suggestions from subordinates you know
At your first job interview you cannot go dressing in a school look alike wardrobe. You need to dress smart to suit the requirements of the corporate world. This can be a daunting task certainly for freshers. If not, take advice and hire a specialist because when you look and feel your best, your heightened energy level will lead others to take you seriously and make others believe in your abilities.
Remember every designation is a responsibility, not a status. Moreover when you opt for professional competence and are simple and insightful in your core values and presence. Down the line in your career graph you can b sure to create followers to whom you will be the greatest inspiration and motivation to strive, achieve and work like you.
Get going to conquer new horizons. Wish you a bright future!