Whether you're off to a job interview, doing a sales pitch, networking or meeting new co-workers, making a good first impression is key. Acting professionally, being knowledgeable and upbeat, and engaging with people all seem like obvious ways to do just that, but not everyone knows how to present themselves.
We asked business owners and hiring managers what people shouldn't do when they're trying to make a good first impression. While some respondents mentioned the obvious turnoffs and red flags — like wearing too much perfume, having food stuck in your teeth or answering your cellphone — many of them discussed serious, game-changing mistakes. Here are 20 things to avoid doing at your next job interview or professional event:
"Please do not show up wearing anything but business attire and/or something professional. Be put together, and have personal style." – Shannon Lach, CEO, Pear Planning
Taking the wrong approach
"A potential employee or sales person should not approach a first meeting with a 'what can you do for me' attitude. When you meet someone, look first for what you could do to help them, how you would add value to the team, give them a reference or ...