First Impressions

By: Stephanie Rozboril

When meeting a recruiter or interviewer for the first time, your intial impression can really make an impact. First ImpressionSometimes before you even have an opportunity to speak, they are already beginning to assess you. There are several things to keep in mind to avoid sending the wrong message before your interview or opportunity even begins!

Appearance: Dress to impress! Make sure that your attire is professional, clean and wrinkle free, and appropriate in fit (nothing low cut or too small/big). They will notice more than what you’re wearing so ensure you look well groomed (hair and fingernails especially) and your breath is fresh. A smile and a poised approach will also help to show confidence.

Handshake: Nothing is worse than a limp lifeless handshake. Make sure you perfect yours ahead of time and have it be one that is strong and accompanied by direct eye contact and a smile.

Communication Style: If you are not excited about an opportunity with a company, the company won’t be excited about you. Make sure that you show interest in the discussion, ask questions, and remain confident and enthusiastic. Speak clearly and professionally, make eye contact, and try to mirror the body language and communication style of the recruiter or interviewer.

Resume: When applying online for a position, your resume and application are the only impression you are able to give. To ensure your success make sure that your resume has been tailored to the specific position you are applying for. You should also consider the value of having someone else look over the document to provide feedback and catch any grammatical errors. When filling out an online application be thorough, ensure you answer questions completely, and use your resume as a guide to help you.

The Career Services office at Embry-Riddle is here to help you perfect all of your first impression skills. Take advantage of the services we offer to help you prepare for success!  To learn more about making a first impression, please visit our website:

Stephanie Rozboril is new to the career services office and serves as the engineering program manager and also supports our homeland security, space physics, computer science, and computational mathematics students. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2012, where she worked in the Alumni Relations Office supporting future and current graduates. Stephanie enjoys working with students to help them achieve their professional goals and become successful in today’s competitive job market.

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