Subtle Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Subtle Ways to Make a Great First Impression

You only have one chance to impress the hiring manager or recruiter that you’re interviewing with. It’s up to you to make the most of it! Using subtle techniques to make a great impression ingrains you in the interviewer’s mind, and vastly increases your chances of getting the job.

Here are a few subtle ways to make a great first impression:

Arrive Early

To be early is to be on time, and to be on time is to be late. When it comes to job interviews, always be early — nothing makes a worse first impression on the hiring manager than their candidate showing up late.

Give a Firm Handshake

When you first meet the person you’ll be interviewing with, make sure to offer a firm handshake while maintaining steady eye contact. A limp, weak handshake sends the impression that you’re, well… limp and weak. A steady, firm handshake, on the other hand, projects confidence and stability.


You’ll be amazed at the difference a simple smile can make. Imagine meeting someone for the first time who keeps a neutral expression on their face, even when looking directly at you. It’s off-putting, and it won’t leave a great impression on your hiring manager. Make sure to smile naturally while you’re meeting the person or people who will be interviewing you.

Practice Open Body Language

Folded arms, crossed legs, a downward gaze… body language like this tells people that you’re guarded and withdrawn. Remember to maintain “open” body language throughout your entire interview — keep your arms naturally at your sides or resting on your chair’s arms, and keep your head up and your gaze directed at your interviewers. This makes you appear alert, interested, and open to the conversation.

Dress Well

Of course, you’ll always want to dress well for your interview in order to make a great visual impression. Not every interview calls for a three-piece suit or a fancy dress, but it’s always a good rule of thumb to dress as nicely as possible without going overboard.

Ask Questions

You’ll almost always be asked if you have any questions as the interview is coming to a close. If you answer this question with a “no,” you’ll appear disinterested. Prepare a few questions ahead of time; you’ll learn more about the position, and those conducting the interview will know that you’re truly interested and passionate about the job.

OakTree Staffing is here to help you prepare for your next interview, and to make sure that your resume is seen by the top hiring managers in your area. Call us today to learn more.

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