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How to make a good first impression at job interviews

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You have a 10-second window to make your first impression.

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Excitement and nervousness are feelings you can relate to very well if you have been invited to a job interview before. While you might be spending most of your time preparing for the bulk part of the interview- questions to ask and how to answer questions, you’d be surprised at how important the first impression you make is. And here’s the caveat, you have a 10-second window to make your first impression.

Check out these tips (besides how to dress for job interviews) that will help set you up for a successful job interview.


Great power lies in a simple smile. It is one of the most important facial cues that determine how people interact with you. in addition to making you look attractive and approachable, smiling makes you look relaxed, reliable, honest and intelligent. Scientific research has also proven that smiling reduces stress. It will therefore be a nice way to reduce some of that interview nervousness.

Eye contact and firm handshake

Eyes are a reflection of your inner self. Eyes play an integral part in communication, they reflect sincerity and comfort to the person you are communicating with. In addition, to maintaining eye contact when communicating, make sure your handshake is firm enough to express confidence.

Elevator pitch

This may come right after introductions. A short and well-crafted elevator pitch will help you get your foot in the door. You should be able to narrate the story of your career journey leading to up to where you are. The positions you held and how those experiences have shaped you to be the better candidate. While at it, speak clearly in a competent and confident way.

Small talk

Small talk is one of the easiest way to create a good rapport with your interviewer. It doesn’t have to be cliché for example asking what they think about the day’s weather. You can talk about how impressed you were to see them win awards. Showing a common interest will help you create a connection.

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    sheilah | February 11, 2019 16:08

    Thanks for great advice

    Druscillah | February 11, 2019 11:09

    Good tips indeed.looking forward to my next interview

    Dickens | February 10, 2019 07:30

    A very helpful article...nice piece, thank you

    Joel | February 08, 2019 04:15

    realy helpful and encouraging, will help me during my next interview on 14th february.

    Douglas | February 07, 2019 16:55

    thanks for great advice

    Margaret | September 07, 2018 19:55

    thanks for the article,awesome

    Abdullahi | September 03, 2018 22:09

    Thank you for your educative articals

    MBEKE | September 02, 2018 06:55

    That is it.

    Muteti | September 01, 2018 19:01

    Quite a good tip for job seekers.

    Daniel | August 29, 2018 06:47

    Meaniful and life changing... Thanks

    Brenda | August 27, 2018 06:15

    Good guidance... At times we relax or forget these things. thank you.

    martin | August 23, 2018 12:23

    Inspiring messages

    Mohamed | August 16, 2018 06:04

    it is helpfully, wonderfully and i will practice when the interview is on the table

    Monic | August 07, 2018 07:06

    Thanks for the tips, they are the exact things which fail people from interviews. Lets find our area of improvement, then we excel wherever we shall be called for interviews.

    olanya | August 03, 2018 03:30

    until your told then you can know. thanks for guide line.

    samuel | August 01, 2018 18:35


    Buluma | August 01, 2018 11:21

    Was helpful

    Antony | July 31, 2018 17:14

    thanks for all that

    JOHN | July 31, 2018 11:15

    simple but impactful

    WAMBUGA | July 30, 2018 06:55

    So wonderful and educative. Thanks lots

    Francis | July 27, 2018 16:34

    Well crafted advice I look forward for my next interview next week

    PROTUS | July 27, 2018 16:13

    I just feel a qualified interviewee

    Tobby | July 27, 2018 11:38

    It's more of an eye opener

    Kyabeishiki Barbrah | July 27, 2018 07:19

    Thank you for inspiring us

    MATIKO | July 26, 2018 18:44


    Albert | July 26, 2018 15:44

    Thank you. Very insightful

    Albert | July 26, 2018 15:41

    Thank you. The best advice I have read so far... looking forward to my next interview.


    Fuzu | July 27, 2018 12:43

    Hi Albert. We are glad to hear that. Make us proud in your next interview.

    Rose | July 26, 2018 09:32

    Very informative

    Evans | July 26, 2018 08:01

    Its supportive

    Dennis | July 26, 2018 05:52

    well, my next interviewer has the best interviewee next time


    Fuzu | July 26, 2018 06:41

    We believe you are ready for your next one Dennis.

    KORIR | July 24, 2018 16:06

    Wow! Powerful article

    Nyafwono | July 24, 2018 13:45

    Thanks for saving different souls. In addition to the above, one should also be Articulate. Thank You.

    Winnie Jasper | July 24, 2018 10:46

    Thank you

    FRANKLINE | July 24, 2018 06:29


    Stephen | July 24, 2018 03:04

    Good inspirations

    Mr. Lee | July 23, 2018 17:31

    That worked for me some years back.

    Albert | July 22, 2018 17:55


    AVUKU | July 21, 2018 19:42

    Very useful tip. Tx.

    Baguma | July 21, 2018 14:34

    So wonderful message that saves

    Oliver | July 21, 2018 08:20

    So encouraging article thanks

    patrick | July 19, 2018 16:18


    Dick Richards | July 19, 2018 10:42

    Educative, thanks.

    AKURUT | July 18, 2018 21:26


    Amani | July 18, 2018 14:07

    Bright guidance

    Gitari | July 18, 2018 08:33


    Muge | July 17, 2018 17:35

    so encouraging.

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