The famous line ‘first impressions are everything’ transcends all social interactions. When you only have a seven-second window to summarise who you are and capture a person, it is paramount that the first meeting with anyone goes is seamless. This is no different in a business environment. Whether it be a social networking event, an interview, or perhaps liaising with a fellow work colleague on the first day of an internship. It is important that your first impression in the business world is executed skillfully so that you are in good stead for whatever future endeavour you’re undertaking in a corporate environment.
Given July is a time when most people are beginning internships or cadetships during corporate winter programs, here are a few key points to make sure that your first impression is a memorable one. This will help shape the perception of you as a person and advance your career prospects.
In the end, you only have a small window of opportunity to set yourself apart from everyone else and present yourself as a brilliant employee. It is not a matter of copiously remembering these dot-points, but rather, understanding the importance of stakeholder management and your ability to develop yourself in a professional environment. Awareness, recognition and continuous improvement of these areas will allow you to strengthen your professional image and career prospects.