It stands to reason that you would dress and behave differently for a job interview than you would for a cocktail party.
Just as you would not show up for a job interview in a short little black dress and glittery sandals, neither would you show up at a cocktail party in jeans and boots.
Anyone with good manners or common sense, also knows that the way hair, make-up, and jewelry is worn differs from one occasion to the other. While modest make-up and jewelry is recommended for a job interview, it is acceptable to be a bit more elaborate for a party.
A good first impression is also made by showing up on time. Few things are less acceptable than keeping the person you have an appointment with waiting. If you are in doubt about a location or how long it will take you to get to your destination, make a test run and on the day of the actual meeting allow extra time for possible delays.
A firm handshake is just as important to make a good first impression. You do not want to hurt a person’s hand by gripping too tight, but you do not want to give a barely-there handshake either.
Making a first good impression is not that difficult. It’s all about putting your best foot forward and relying on your common sense. In case you get a little nervous, turn on the charm and just be yourself.
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