It takes couple of minutes for someone to decide what kind of image they will have of you when you meet for the first time. In this short time, the other person forms an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your manners, the way you talk and how you are dressed.
The reason why impressions are given a bad picture is that many PR`s and other media coaches efforts stop at impressions. Impressions are only the very top of the funnel – much more has to happen after an impression of an ad is served or a story is displayed.
You heard many times how people are saying, “Smile and the World smiles too” well it`s true. Smile while you are talking, that will make impression of you that you are a warm person but it all goes back to being appropriate for the situation.
There is nothing more powerful than confidence. You can prepare yourself for the interview months before even happen but if you are nervous and have no confidence your preparation will not have any use. When it comes to making the first impression, body language as well as appearance speaks much powerful than words. And controlling a nervous talking or a nervous laugh will give you confidence and help the other person feel at ease.
An interview can go wrong if we make it wrong! Be positive about yourself, think that you are going to a regular conversation not a legal hearing.
Be there on time
Time is money, especially in media world! Make sure that you are on time for your interview that will give impression that you are ready and not nervous and also serious spokesperson, also keep in mind that if you are late
Dress to success
As you all now there is nothing that will make picture perfect then well informed, confident and well-dressed person. You could not go to flip flops and with messy hair to an interview no matter how casual the interview is. You could not represent yourself and your business if you wear ripped jeans and sneakers. Be smart, be confident be well dressed!
It`s very hard to control ourselves when we are nervous and we often start to talk a lot and say more that we should. When you find yourself in situation like this, control yourself and concentrate on the question that you have been asked, never talk about things that you are not being asked.
Eyes all over you!
Be prepared that you will be in a room full of people and it may be considered to be rude if you are not making eye contact with the person who is making interview with you, so please focus on that, do not stare but please make sure that you have eye contact, that way you are presenting yourself like a person who is focused.
Camera, Lights, Roll and you are ready !
If you want to learn more here is Murray Newlands Media Training Guide for Executives.
Posted by Maya S.