I know you’ve heard the sayings, "first impressions are lasting impressions" and "you can never re-do a first impression." Like many old expressions, there's a lot of truth in these phrases. That's why you should always do your best to make a positive first impression, especially during every step of your job search.
Of course, when you go for a job interview you want to make a good first impression with the managers and interviewers. But, have you ever thought about how your first impression with other employees and customers can impact your interview?
Well, the truth is that this could really make all the difference. We recently received a testimonial from Snagajob hired member, David, who told us how an awesome first impression helped land him a job working as a Team Member at a Chipotle in Maryland.
David received an email from us inviting him for an interview at a local Chipotle. When he arrived for his interview he was greeted by a team member and asked to wait in the lobby of the restaurant until the hiring manager was available to speak with him.
While David was waiting, he noticed a man in the entrance carrying boxes and, without any thought, he jumped up and offered his assistance. The man then thanked David and introduced himself and, to David's surprise, the man with the boxes was actually the hiring manager!
Following a very successful interview, the manager thanked David again for helping him. He said that he really liked David's "empowerment" and was so pleased with his interview and eagerness to help that he offered him the position starting the following week.
David's story is a great example of how a positive first impression can help you land the job. During your job search, you should always try your best to present yourself in a friendly, approachable and professional manner to everyone you meet, because you never know who’s watching.
So, the next time you have an interview think about David's story and ask yourself how you can make the best impression with everyone you see throughout your job search.