The Top Ways to Impress Your Future Employer

When it comes to getting a job, making a good first impression is everything. It’s a little scary to think about, but moving forward depends on how you conduct yourself in around 10-15 minutes or less. Here are our top pieces of advice for making a good first impression with employers.

Turn off the Technology

Remove your earbuds. Turn off or silence your cell phone. The only thing that matters when you’re speaking to a potential employer is the conversation.

Come Dressed for Success 

Make sure to wear professional clothing when you meet a future employer for the first time. Don’t have business attire? Check out the Suited for Success Clothing Closet!

Shake Hands Firmly 

It’s important to shake hands with a potential employer firmly. Practice your handshake with a Career Advisor!

Avoid Slang 

Steer clear of using slang words while you’re speaking with a potential employer! Never acceptable is using swear words or foul language.


When you go to firmly shake someone’s hand, smile. It shows that you’re interested and you’ll bring an upbeat attitude to the position.

Follow these five rules, and you’ll be sure to make a good impression on your employer. Join us on Wednesday, February 27th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for the OCC Career Fair to meet 100+ employers looking to hire OCC students. 

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