It is always an advantage to know the best way to make a good first impression. Especially when starting a new job. Even if it may not be the step in your career that you wanted, it is very important to leave a good first impression and integrate yourself smoothly into the company’s culture. As the saying goes: “first impressions are everything”.
Punctuality is a massive factor in first impressions. A lot of people tend to have a shaky relationship with punctuality which can hurt their future career prospects. To leave a good, long lasting impression being on time or better yet early, shows enthusiasm and interest in your role at the company. It also shows that your are starting how you intend to carry on, BE PUNCTUAL.
To make a good first impression you do need to fit in with the culture of the company however, this does not mean losing your integrity in the process. Being authentic and presenting yourself as you are will leave a much better impression than pretending to be what you think will fit in and becoming a ‘yes man’. Being yourself and becoming accepted will build your confidence in the workplace.
Presenting yourself with a smile is a great addition to your first impression as it shows that you are open and friendly. Eyes can tell all so make sure to smile with your eyes as well as your mouth, it may sound silly but you can practice smiling in the mirror to obtain that winning approachable smile. Practice makes perfect.
There are a number of ways you can show interest on your first day/first impression, some have already been mentioned above. Body language is a key contributing factor into showing interest. Be open with your posture; back straight with you chest out which in turn conveys you are open to both listening and conversing. Asking questions and active listening also show that you are interested and keen.
The most important out of all of these tips is to be positive, no matter the situation look at it from a positive point of view. Projecting a positive attitude, positive body language and positive vibes is a good recipe for people to want to actively converse with you and be around you as positivity is contagious. Therefore creating a great first impression.