Dress as Rich as You Want to Be
Go out and buy yourself a nice suit of clothes. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to accomplish this task. Wal-Mart sells everything you need for under $200. Grab a nice pair of black slacks, a black suit jacket and a shirt and tie combo. Make sure the shirt and tie are solid colors though. Solid colors place the focus of everyone’s attention where it matters, on your face. You don’t want people to remember you by your striped shirt and wild novelty neck tie. You want them to take one good look at your sharp dress and then burn the memory of your gorgeous face right into their brains. Pick up a matching belt, a pair of black socks and some dress shoes if you need them. Now go learn how to tie a tie and start dressing like a million bucks. If you feel silly dressing this way at first, get over it. A suit and tie portray the confidence and sophistication that lets everyone know that you mean business.
Let Your Eyes Talk First
When you are talking to someone look them dead in the eye. It makes that person feel like they are important to you and that you are interested in what they have to say. Wandering eyes have an uncanny ability to end job interviews and turn the opposite sex in the opposite direction. If you look away, do so in thoughtful consideration of something that the other person has said to you. Otherwise stare them straight in the eye.
Let your Ears Talk Secondly
Pay close attention to what the other person is saying and hang on their every word. Take a genuine interest in the subject at hand and try to remember as much of it as you can for later. Don’t let your mind wander off, don’t shift your attention to other things around you and don’t try to forecast what you are going to say next. All of these things divert your attention away from the subject and will cause you to miss key points of the conversation. There is nothing worse than the embarrassment of saying something that is totally irrelevant to the conversation simply because you didn’t pay attention to what the person in front of you was saying.
When it comes time for you to speak, take a brief moment to think about what you are going to say before you say it. Wise conversationalists place their hands in their pockets or clasp them behind their backs just before they speak. They do this to gain themselves enough time to compile an appropriate response to what has been said. Learn how to do this now. The damage that one rash response can cause you is absolutely immeasurable. Think before you speak.
When you do speak, use your words wisely. Say only what you need to say and don’t say anymore. Only ask questions that are relevant to the subject at hand and avoid any kind of cursing or slang language. An age old interviewer trick is to spew a couple of curse words to see if the other person will follow suit. Don’t fall for it. It will only make you look dumb and uneducated. Use clean unbiased language and keep your dialogue short and to the point.
Leave a Lasting Memory Behind
You have made a great first impression, now leave a lasting memory. Smile, shake the person’s hand and thank them for taking the time to talk to you. Wish them luck on anything that they have aspired to during the conversation and let them know that you are available if they need any help reaching their goals. Get a box of business cards printed up and keep them on you at all times. Exchange them with everyone you meet from your best friend’s mother that you haven’t seen in a long time to your next potential employer. Business cards denote importance and responsibility. They also have a way of falling into the right hands.