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  string(2376) "We all know first impressions are so important but no matter who you are, it can be easy to lose sight of this from time to time. I’m not only talking about the fabulous world of recruitment, I'm talking about everyday life.

Whether you are getting into a lift, ordering a coffee, sending an email, or making that first phone call to a potential client, there will always be first impressions when we least expect them.

I walked out to our receptionist Kate the other day while she was asking a candidate if they would like some water or a coffee. Instead of answering Kate, the candidate kept her head down, typing into her smartphone which was held inches from her face. Kate then asked the question again, still no response. I honestly couldn't believe my eyes. Who in this world is honestly that busy or that important that they can’t answer a question like that?

This is a great example of a first impression ruined - before you even sit down with your interviewer.

On the reverse while I was on my way to first job interview in Australia I got a bit lost in the lobby of the building where the interview was. I stopped a girl and asked her if she knew what floor X agency was on. Looking irritated, she pointed out the concierge and in an abrupt tone, told me to ask them.

I was really taken aback. After walking up to my interview, I sat in the interview room, waiting for the recruiter to come in. Lo and behold when she walked in it turned out to be the girl that I had asked for directions. My heart sank and I felt thrown for the whole interview. She also didn't say a word about what had just happened downstairs. After that interview I never heard from her again.

But I have never forgotten her name, the way she made me feel and how bad her first impression was. Yes, she is still at that agency and I have met her at numerous networking events. She didn't seem to remember me but I certainly remember her.

I guess moral of the story is, be kind. Be polite and treat others how you expect to be treated, no matter what you are doing or how busy you are. Helping others really is common courtesy and how we all should all be living our lives.

Stop and think about who you may be speaking to without your knowledge. Everyone deserves the same respect as you.

Who knows, that stranger in the hallway may just be your next interviewer!"
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We all know first impressions are so important but no matter who you are, it can be easy to lose sight of this from time to time. I’m not only talking about the fabulous world of recruitment, I’m talking about everyday life.

Whether you are getting into a lift, ordering a coffee, sending an email, or making that first phone call to a potential client, there will always be first impressions when we least expect them.

I walked out to our receptionist Kate the other day while she was asking a candidate if they would like some water or a coffee. Instead of answering Kate, the candidate kept her head down, typing into her smartphone which was held inches from her face. Kate then asked the question again, still no response. I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes. Who in this world is honestly that busy or that important that they can’t answer a question like that?

This is a great example of a first impression ruined – before you even sit down with your interviewer.

On the reverse while I was on my way to first job interview in Australia I got a bit lost in the lobby of the building where the interview was. I stopped a girl and asked her if she knew what floor X agency was on. Looking irritated, she pointed out the concierge and in an abrupt tone, told me to ask them.

I was really taken aback. After walking up to my interview, I sat in the interview room, waiting for the recruiter to come in. Lo and behold when she walked in it turned out to be the girl that I had asked for directions. My heart sank and I felt thrown for the whole interview. She also didn’t say a word about what had just happened downstairs. After that interview I never heard from her again.

But I have never forgotten her name, the way she made me feel and how bad her first impression was. Yes, she is still at that agency and I have met her at numerous networking events. She didn’t seem to remember me but I certainly remember her.

I guess moral of the story is, be kind. Be polite and treat others how you expect to be treated, no matter what you are doing or how busy you are. Helping others really is common courtesy and how we all should all be living our lives.

Stop and think about who you may be speaking to without your knowledge. Everyone deserves the same respect as you.

Who knows, that stranger in the hallway may just be your next interviewer!

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