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Betsy Barbieux ~ Image Inside and Out
Betsy Barbieux ~ Image Inside and Out Betsy Barbieux ~ Image Inside and Out
Professional Development
How To Have A Great
Professional Presence

Research tells us we have less than 10 seconds to make a dynamic first impression. What you do and do not communicate in the first 10 seconds of your meeting will set the tone for the rest of the interview. Following are some tips that will help you set the stage for a successful presentation of your skills and assets.

Components of a Great First Impression
Distractions and Detractors
   
· Wear the "Uniform" of Your Profession.
It will make you appear competent even before you have an opportunity to speak. If you are unsure of what would be most appropriate for a particular environment ask your recruiter for their observation.
· Inappropriate Attire. Whether it is too casual or too dressy will make you look like an "outsider." Ask your recruiter for their input.
   
· Good Eye Contact. Conveys self confidence and enthusiasm.

· Averted Gaze/Excessive Blinking. Will send a message that you are uncomfortable.

   
· Firm Handshake. Neither too firm or too weak. If possible match the "tone" of the other handshake.

· Weak or Crushing Handshake. Will make you appear lacking in self confidence.

   
· Friendly Tone of Voice. Again try to match the "tone" of the interviewer. Modulate your volume and rhythm to harmonize with the interviewer.

· Too Loud or Too Soft. Will distract from what you are saying and keep you from being "heard".

   
· Smile. A warm smile cannot be over-emphasized in making a great first impression. There is no need to grin or overdo it, but a genuine smile is absolutely necessary for success!

· Lack of Expression. Will most likely be viewed as "lack of interest."

Remember to relax and enjoy your interview. It is your opportunity to shine.


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