Image and first impressions are critical during your interviews! You need to think about what image you want to create and how you will successfully accomplish that task.
There are some character traits that are common and should be used in order to create that positive image! The following are character traits that you should be incorporating into your first interviews.
AUTHORITY – Your ability to lead others attracts people to you. When you project authority, you are on the right track toward impressing people.
CERTAINTY – Honest belief in a fact, an idea or a concept can inspire others to feel the same way. Steadfastness is definitely a builder of understanding between two people.
CONSIDERATION – No man or woman can be an island unto himself or herself. It is this facet that brings you closer to all other individuals.
CREDIBILITY – No matter who you are or what you are involved in, you must be able to project a feeling or belief in other people. If you cannot, you will not arouse belief in yourself or in your hopes.
EMPATHY – It is more than compassion. It is the capacity to put yourself inside another person’s exact situation and experience feelings and emotions directly.
INSPIRATION – Your own passion projects excitement into other people. This is one of the most important facets of a person’s general profile. It is the ability to arouse others to a purpose or project.
INTEGRITY – Without integrity, you cannot convince anyone that you are going to do what you say you are going to do.
INTIMACY – This is the vital link between two people that makes them much more than two separate individuals. This is the final involvement of two people, usually in an ongoing business relationship.
LUSTER – It is a force of energy that can bring people together to work for whatever the individual wants.
PRESENCE – It is the force of personality that makes everyone in a room look at you when you enter.
SELF-ASSURANCE – The person who projects a feeling of self-assurance will attract support and assistance from others on the job as well as supervisors.
UNDERSTANDING – To lead others you must be able to intuit their feelings and emotions and be able to sympathize with their hurt. This is an understanding that builds teamwork in the workplace.
VIGOR – This is a person’s inner self which is able to release energy and the force of personality to others around them. It fuels all action, positive thought, progress and important activities.
VIVACITY – If you have the ability to express through vivacity your own excitement and enthusiasm, you can get others excited about what you are doing, yourself in general and the work you want done!
All of these character traits are important when you are making your first impression during your interviews and meetings. Keep in mind that a first impression cannot be recaptured. Therefore, make your first impression a great one!
Rick Christensen: Director, Career Transition Practice
Rick has been a career consultant for over 25 years, serving a very broad-based and diverse clientele. His specialties include effective group facilitation, one-on-one coaching and consultation at all levels including senior executives.
Rick’s passion is coaching individuals through career transitions, developing career management strategies and in identifying and sharpening competencies to open doors to new opportunities. His efforts have assisted thousands of individuals achieve their full potential.
Contact Rick at: Rick@CareerDevelopmentPartners.com