Tips: Make A Great First Impression

10 March 2008 at 3:32AM Leave a comment

Brett and Kate McKay have created a vital service for western civilization: a web site and blog dedicated to the Art of Manliness. (Don’t worry, the McKay’s suggestions are appropriate for the ladies also.) The McKays cover topics from caring for neckties to Theodore Roosevelt’s On Living The Strenuous Life.

Brett posted a great essay about how to make a great first impression in an interview:

Make Yourself Stick With These First Impression Tips
When you’re interviewing for a job, one of the keys to success is your first impression. If you’re about to go in for an interview, maybe its time to re-evaluate the first impression you give off. Do you come off as likable? Do you exude professionalism and charm?

The goal of every first impression is to stick to a person’s brain.

  • Dress to impress.
  • Look fit.
  • Give an impressive handshake.
  • Focus on speaking.
  • Use the person’s name.
  • Let the person know you’re listening.
  • Shine the spotlight on the other person.

This is Wisdom. See the whole post for all the details. Then use them.

Also – download their free Ebook: Guide to Being A Gentleman in 2008.


Entry filed under: Interviewing, Tips.

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