Make a Good Last Impression
You’ve heard it a million times. Make a good first impression. First impressions are super- important. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Wisely, you’ve heeded this sage advice magnificently when prepping for an interview. Yes, you’ve given yourself the look, the attitude, and the swag that will make corporate America stand up and take notice, possibly throwing in thundering applause.
Of course, sooner or later, the person you’ve wowed with your sparkling patter and witty insights will need to move on to other things. Fortunately, you can keep yourself stored somewhere in their mental landscape while they busy themselves with those trivial company affairs. That’s right. Before the curtain comes down on your show, you’ve got a golden opportunity to make a powerful last impression. The fact is, your big close is only a hair less important than your grand entrance.
No intense preparation is needed to make a big splash before striding out through the door. It’s simply a matter of following these common sense guidelines:
What Do You Want Remembered About Yourself? Your sparkling academic record? Your perseverance? Your honorary membership in Star Fleet Academy? Re-emphasize your choicest personal characteristics so that they glue themselves to the hiring honcho’s mind long after the interview.
Offer More. You want to pump up your image to insane levels, right? So ask your interviewer if they’d like to see references, samples, and anything else that will back up the blizzard of self-promotion you’ve been dishing out for the last hour.
Keep the Ball Rolling. The interview doesn’t end with the interview. Unfortunately, many job candidates are in a fog when it comes to post-interview action. Show your intense interest in the job by asking what the next step is. And be sure to find out how and when to follow-up.
Well, there it is. Put these pearls of wisdom into practice, and I guarantee you’ll have a much better chance of doing what most interviewees don’t do – make a good last impression.
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