United States of America

  • Iowa:

    (855) 556-6863
  • Corporate Headquarters:
    850 Stephenson Hwy
    Suite 612
    Troy, Michigan 48083
    (888) 451-2519
  • California Office:
    4701 Patrick Henry Drive
    Suite 6
    Santa Clara, CA 95054
    (888) 583-1930
  • New Jersey Office:
    197 State Route 18
    Suite 205 (North Tower)
    East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
    (732) 642-7164
  • Virgina Office:
    44081 Pipeline Plaza, Suite 100
    Ashburn, Virginia 20147
    (312) 533-1673
  • Texas Office:
    6136 Frisco Square Blvd.
    Suite 400
    Frisco, Texas 75034
    (214) 984-0636
  • Virginia Office:
    3900 Westerre Parkway
    Suite 300
    Richmond, Virginia 23233
    (804) 916-0905
  • Virginia Office:
    44081 Pipeline Plaza
    Suite 100
    Ashburn, Virginia 20147
    (703) 726-7592
  • Florida Office:
    2202 N. West Shore Blvd, Suite 200
    Tampa, Florida, 33607
    (855) 930-3562
  • Georgia Office:
    11340 Lakefield Drive, Suite 200 Duluth, GA 30097
    (770) 842-1655
  • North Carolina Office:
    3440 Toringdon Way
    Suite 205
    Charlotte 28277
    (855) 569-3537
  • New York Office:
    140 Broadway
    46th Floor
    New York, New York 10005
    (888) 993-3416
  • Michigan Office:
    250 Monroe NW,
    Suite 400
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
    (855) 569-3537
  • Ohio Office:
    8044 Montgomery Road,
    Suite 700, Cincinnati,
    Ohio, 45236
    (855) 418-5867

*Secondary Locations in Davenport, IA; Columbus, OH; Washington, DC; Tampa, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Raleigh, NC.

India Offices

  • ICONMA Professional Services & Solutions Pvt. Ltd.:
    #301-305, 3rd Floor, Tower III, Fortune 9 Bldg.,
    Somajiguda, Raj Bhavan Road
    Hyderabad 500082, Telangana, India
    Tel: +91 40 23406002

  • Global Development Center:
    3rd Floor, 7-1-79, Survey No-77, Anand Capital Building, Greenlands, Hyderabad. Telangana, India 500016.
    (+91) 040-42624000,040-23356002
  • Hyderabad Office:
    3rd Floor,
    7-1-79, Survey No-77,
    Anand Capital Building,
    Greenlands, Hyderabad.
    Telangana, India 500016.

    (+91) 040-42624000,040-23356002
  • Noida Office:
    ARV Park, H-28, 3rd floor, Sector-63
    Uttar Pradesh
    India 201301
    (+91) 0120-4109559, 0120-4349559

Canada Office

  • Canada Office:
    7111 Syntex Drive
    3rd Floor
    Ontario Canada L5N 8C3
    (855) 775-1066

Creating a Lasting First Impression in a Job Interview

Rebecca Serviss

In celebration of National Handshake Day, which occurs on the last Thursday of June, we want to advise the Class of 2024 as many graduates begin their job search and join the workforce. While the handshake is a customary part of entering a job interview and potentially meeting your colleagues for the first time, it only plays a small role in the bigger picture of making a first impression.

Prepare for the Interview

Making a memorable first impression is key to making a lasting impact on the hiring team and potential coworkers, so it’s important to prepare thoroughly before any interview or first meeting. Research the company’s culture, values, and recent achievements to tailor your conversation and demonstrate genuine interest.

Lastly, remember the power of a warm smile and confident body language. These non-verbal cues can significantly enhance the positive impression you make and demonstrate your enthusiasm and readiness to be part of the team. By thoughtfully considering these aspects, you respect the company’s environment and position yourself as a well-prepared and considerate candidate.

Communication is Key

Practice speaking clearly and confidently, and be prepared to share specific examples of your past achievements and how they align with the role you’re pursuing. Additionally, active listening is an essential part of effective communication. Make sure to engage fully with the conversation, showing genuine interest in what the other person is saying. Maintain eye contact, nod in acknowledgment, and ask insightful questions to demonstrate your attentiveness and curiosity.

Moreover, non-verbal cues such as body language and facial expressions significantly convey your message. Standing or sitting up straight, smiling warmly, and using open gestures can help create a welcoming and approachable demeanor. Be mindful of your body language, which often speaks louder than words.

Maintain good eye contact, offer a warm smile, and sit up straight to convey enthusiasm and attentiveness. Remember to underestimate the power of written communication. Whether crafting a compelling cover letter, sending a thoughtful thank-you note, or composing clear and concise emails, your ability to articulate your thoughts in writing can leave a lasting impression. Every interaction is an opportunity to showcase your professionalism and build meaningful connections.

Ask Questions

Another component of making a lasting impression during a job interview is coming up with important and compelling questions to ask the hiring team. These questions demonstrate your genuine interest in the role and the company and your proactive approach to understanding how you can contribute effectively. For instance, ask about the team dynamics, specific challenges the department faces, or opportunities for professional growth within the organization.

Likewise, inquiring about the company’s culture and values shows that you are looking for a good fit for your skills, work style, and personal ethos. Questions like, “Can you describe a typical day in this role?” or “How do you measure success in this position?” can provide you with deeper insights while conveying your eagerness to excel.

Remember, an interview is a two-way street. By asking thoughtful questions, you engage in a meaningful dialogue that helps you decide if the company is the right place for you and leaves a positive impression on the hiring team. This approach can set you apart as a well-prepared, enthusiastic, and serious candidate.

Leaving Your Mark

Lastly, remember to follow up after your meeting. Sending a personalized thank-you note or email expressing your appreciation for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the role can leave a lasting positive impression. This small gesture can differentiate you from other candidates and demonstrate your professionalism and attention to detail.

Wrap Up

While a firm handshake can get you off to a good start, your overall professionalism and authenticity will truly set you apart. Building genuine connections with others goes beyond just the initial impression; it requires consistent effort and sincere engagement. Listen actively, show empathy, and be open to feedback. These qualities enhance your interactions and build trust and respect over time.

Furthermore, maintaining a positive attitude and demonstrating reliability can reinforce your reputation as someone who is both dependable and pleasant to work with. By staying true to your values and consistently striving to improve, you’ll cultivate a professional presence that leaves a lasting impact. Good luck, Class of 2024! We believe in your potential to make a remarkable impact in the workforce.

June 25, 2024

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