First impressions count. Whether you’re meeting a person for the first time, heading to an interview or a business meeting, you can’t deny that first impressions are all important.
Here’s why they’re so important when it comes to business!
You Have 4 – 30 Seconds To Make Your Impression
A person will make their first impression of you within 4 seconds of meeting you. This is why it’s so important to wear the right clothes and focus on grooming if you’re going for an interview or even meeting a business associate.
Your smile and handshake can help you out, but you need to look the part to make that impression, too. Your clothes make around 95% of that first impression, as they cover most of your body!
After 30 seconds, their impressions of you are finalised. It’s going to take a lot of work to change what they think at this point.
Many people hiring for positions in their business agreed that they had already decided whether to hire a person or not within the first 30 seconds of meeting them.
In those 30 seconds, you need to make sure that you have shown your professionalism, competence, openness, and reliability. The way you use body language can play a huge part in this too.
Make sure you don’t fold your arms, and that you give the person you’re meeting with a genuine smile. Even if you’re a business owner meeting with a potential employee or client, it’s important to make the right impressions.
The fact you have a business isn’t enough. You need to make sure your premises are tidy, you have high quality stationery, and anything else that tells people you’re a great business to work with.